Chinese city of Dalian still ‘poisoned’ by Bo Xilai’s legacy of corruption, watchdog says

The statement did not name any incumbent officials or make any specific accusations, but its publication is a clear indication that the anti-corruption campaign launched by President Xi Jinping five years ago is still alive and well.

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The inspectors’ also made reference to Bo’s “pernicious legacy”, a term that was used frequently, after his fall from grace, to describe the former Politburo member’s time in charge of Chongqing.

Bo served as mayor of Dalian, a major city and seaport in northeastern China’s Liaoning province, from 1993 to 2000, and as its party chief from 1999 to 2000. Between 2001 and 2004, he served as governor of Liaoning.

Despite the passage of time, inspectors from the provincial anti-corruption watchdog are in no doubt that the dark stain Bo left on Dalian has yet to be wiped clean, according to the Capitalnews WeChat account operated by Beijing Daily.

“There are many major problems within the Dalian party committee,” the inspectors were quoted as saying.

“They [the city’s leaders] have not thoroughly removed the poison left by Bo Xilai, or the practices that flout [party] discipline, such as officials getting promotions through bribery and personal connections.”