Bo Xilai trial shows obedience is the goal for Beijing: Analysts
BEIJING (AFP) - The conviction of disgraced top politician Bo Xilai was less about eradicating ubiquitous corruption in China and more about warning Communist Party cadres to stay loyal to the new leadership or suffer the consequences, observers say.
President Xi Jinping, who took office earlier this year, has vowed to tackle both low-level "flies" and high-ranking "tigers" in an anti-corruption drive that has led to expectations that past and present political big-hitters could be targeted.
But despite the downfall of the former Chongqing party chief - jailed for life on corruption charges Sunday - the tough rhetoric is unlikely to be matched with action against endemic graft as long as the newly installed leadership can count on loyalty, experts say.
Bo's spectacular fall from grace came after he became a standard bearer for those who favoured his populist left-leaning policies.