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Power versus Law in Modern ChinaCities, Courts, and the Communist Party$
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Qiang Fang and Xiaobing Li

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813173931

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813173931.001.0001

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Shanghai and Chongqing

Shanghai and Chongqing

The Winner, the Loser, and the Prisoners

(p.149) 6 Shanghai and Chongqing
Power versus Law in Modern China

Qiang Fang

Xiaobing Li

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter six examines urban power abuse from a different perspective by examining the law violations and downfalls of two powerful local Party chiefs: Chen Liangyu in Shanghai and Bo Xilai in Chongqing. Both of them had abused their powers during their tenures as local leaders in which Chen sentenced a lawyer who had tried to help victims of coerced relocation, while Bo Xilai, more prominent than Chen, had adopted mainly illegal means such as tortures and perjuries to extract confessions from the alleged criminals and punish lawyers who had dared to challenge their policies. The fall of both men had nothing to do with his massive infringements of the law but was largely due to a lost power struggle. Despite the vocal support of law in the official charges of both Chen and Bo, law remained a tool of whosoever had more power.

Keywords:   Zheng Enchong, Wang Lijun, sing the red songs and smashing the black, abuse of power

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