Chinese official media suggest Bo Guagua will remain in US

by The China Watch on April 23, 2012

Chinese official media for the first time reported on Bo Guagua, son of ousted former Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai, who is under investigation for “discipline violations.” Gu Kailai, Bo Xilai’s wife and Bo Guagua’s mother, is also being investigated for her role in the death of British businessman Neil Heywood.

State-run China News Service reported that Bo Guagua is continuing his studies at Harvard University, and that the US government has not taken any action related to him. The Chinese rumor mill has begun focusing on Bo Guagua, saying that he was taken by the US government for protective detainment and tried to seek political protection in the United States. The Wall Street Journal reported several days ago that the 24-year-old had left his apartment with his private guards.

Some said that the news report — the first in the official media to discuss Bo Guagua — is aimed at dispelling rumors that the Chinese government wants Bo Guagua to return to Beijing as his parents are investigated. Whether or not Beijing will involve him in the case in some capacity has become a concern of other media in China.

US state department spokesman Mark Toner said that Bo Guagua is still undergoing his studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he is pursuing a two-year master’s degree of public policy. Bo has not asked for temporary leave or dropped out, say school staff. He is expected to graduate next May barring any issues, said staff.

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