Bo Xilai: rumour or truth?
Bo Xilai: rumour or truth?As some rumours about the Chinese politician turn out to be true, netizens speculate on the nature of "truth" in China.
After weeks of rumours circulating on Chinese social networking sites, the country's state media announced on Tuesday that Bo Xilai, ousted former Chongqing party chief, had been stripped of his top Communist Party post. His wife, Gu Kailai, was being investigated in the mysterious death of Neil Heywood, a 41-year-old British businessman found dead last November in his Chongqing hotel room.
For many, it is ironic to see how "rumours", which led to an official anti-rumour campaign just last month, turned out to be true in this case. The dramatic fall of the once-rising politician came as a surprise, spurring an online debate about whether rumour is more reliable than "truth" in a country known for opaque politics. State-run Xinhua news agency said that Bo's wife and Heywood (left), were on good terms but "they had conflict over economic interests."
Here are some of the elements from around the web: