I Love You Like A Love Song, Baby
Shortly before the beginning of the weeklong holiday to celebrate the founding of the PRC, former golden boy Bo Xilai was officially expelled from the Communist Party and formally charged with a variety of crimes, one of which was that he "maintained inappropriate sexual relationships with many women". While a public allegation such as this is likely to ruin any politician's career, it's a little bit different in China…
Bo Xilai isn't the exception, he's the rule. Edwards and Spitzer are amateurs compared to these guys. One doesn't get to positions of importance in China without, among other things, having ladies on the side. Aside from the low-level purging that occasionally takes place it's only the reckless and the stupid that get caught. While one could argue that the guys at the very top are a bit cleaner than the rest, they've all had their share of indiscretions over the years. That's just how the game works.
Had his number two, Wang Lijun, not aired his dirty laundry at the U.S. consulate earlier this year, there was a good chance Bo would have been promoted to top 9-man committee that ultimately runs China.
So when the House intelligence committee picks a bone with the opaque operations of Chinese firms such as Huawei one just has to laugh because when even the top leaders in the country are off bribing and philandering, what do you think the guys over at the SOEs are doing, considering that they aren't in the spotlight that the politicians are?
Because corruption is so deep in the Chinese system, does there come a point where we, on a moral ground, say enough is enough, that we actually would put follow through on our words and actually do something?