The Party’s Over


China is undergoing its version of an election cycle, with a once-in-a-decade leadership change in its top ranks.
Bo’s story is more than political drama. It’s tied directly to China’s economic model, which is also becoming suspect.
薄氏(Bo Xilai)の(失脚の)物語は政治的なドラマ以上のもので、これは直接中国の経済モデルと結びついている。それはまた疑わしいものになりつつある。
A disgraced pol, a cop on the run, a dead Brit and a woman of intrigue—no wonder a satirical e-mail circulating in China lays out a movie treatment to be pitched to Miramax. But the story is even more compelling when you parse what it means politically and economically for the Middle Kingdom and beyond.
It is exactly the kind of growth that Chinese Premier Wen Jinbao has repeatedly called “unsustainable.”
This model, which has led to huge growth but also great inequality and environmental degradation, is broken. 
But Bo’s fall may mark a real turning point. It’s possible that his ouster didn’t start with Wang’s allegations but rather that Bo was being targeted for some time by party officials who wanted to make an example out of him to spur real political and economic reform.
“I think we’ll begin to see a rallying around the political middle, “ says one high-level American businessman in Beijing I spoke to recently. That’s more than they can say in the US. And if it happens, it could be a great plot twist for the world’s second largest economy—and the world.