Bo Xilai is mobbed by the media in Beijing, 2010. His personal brand combines Clint Eastwood’s style of justice with George Clooney’s swagger
The email, from a former high-ranking European diplomat to China, was curt: “We won’t be able to talk by phone,” he wrote.
In other words, because I was in Beijing, he feared that our conversation would be monitored, placing him at risk. Assurances that I would use a secure line were for naught. I never heard from him again.
That’s how things go when you research—or attempt to research—a Chinese leader. In a country where even the…
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