Speaking on the BBC, Carnegie’s Douglas Paal discussed how Gu Kailai’s murder trial has placed a spotlight on corruption within the Chinese government. The scandal’s extensive media coverage and public interest has raised the issue of corruption as a point of law that must be dealt with, he argued, adding that the power transition in China has been sped up to give the impression that “the party has things under control.” Most officials are somehow involved in corruption, and that is unlikely to change, Paal explained. “All incentives are for officers to remain corrupt within the communist party. That’s how you take care of your support network, and until that changes, the party has every interest in not letting this investigation get out of hand,” he concluded.
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