When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life on Feb. 6 to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, and Chongqing’s Communist Party chief Bo Xilai pursued him with 70 police cars and armored vehicles, the first sign appeared of a power struggle breaking out at the highest levels of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The world has since been offered a glimpse at how the CCP’s leadership operates behind closed doors. The world has also been given the opportunity to understand how the massive and powerful CCP organ called the Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC) has violated the laws that it is charged with enforcing.
At the same time, the infighting behind the high red walls of Zhongnanhai, the CCP’s leadership compound, has focused attention on the darkest chapter in the history of today’s China: the persecution of Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa. That persecution is now seen to be the core issue behind the struggles going on at the top of the CCP.