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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Ding Xueliang
Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai assailed his wife and his former right-hand man in four days of testimony ending Sunday, rejecting accusations of corruption and shielding a murderer in a trial that has offered a glimpse into the shady inner workings of China's elite.
China's ruling communists opened a pivotal congress to initiate a power handover to new leaders Thursday with a nod to their revolutionary past and a broad promise of cleaner government while keeping off-stage the main event — the bargaining over seats in the new leadership.
"It was the first time such a high-ranking family has put down the operation step by step," Mr. Ding said. "This case has taught us so much about the dynamics and mechanisms in most Chinese corruption cases."
But Chinese officialdom is familiar with the strategy of spreading out an officeholder's illicit assets and wealth among relatives and trusted friends, so Mr. Bo's defense is unlikely to convince the public, said Mr. Ding, the Chinese politics expert.