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Gu Kailai receives suspended death sentence, Netizens show discontent

Posted: 20 Aug 2012 12:57 AM PDT

Gu Kailai receives suspended death sentence, Chinese netizens show discontent

Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai, was given a suspended death sentence on Monday for the murder of a British businessman Neil Heywood.

Zhang Xiaojun, an aide to the Bo family, was sentenced to nine years in jail for abetting the murder, and the other four policemen who helped cover up the crime received jail sentences from five to 11 years too.

The Hefei Intermediate People’s Court in Hefei city, Anhui province, concluded that Gu and Heywood had a business dispute, and Heywood used threatening words aganist Gu’s son, Bo Guagua, via emails. Gu then decided to kill the Briton as she belived her son’s safety had been threatened.

On Nov. 13, 2011, Gu invited Heywood to Chongqing, the southwest municiplity where her husband Bo was then Communist Party chief, and then poisoned him with cyanide after getting him drunk in a hotel.

Gu’s suspended sentence will be likely to be commuted to life in prison after two years, and her punishment could be reduced for good behavior.

As soon as the verdict was revealed, Sina Weibo has seen a growing discontent among netizens, as many believed Gu should be executed.

But for the Communist Party, if a severe penalty was imposed, it would make Gu look like a scapegoat for her husband’s misdeeds to the public.

Bo was not mentioned in Gu’s trail at all, leaving the room for talk over his fate as China’s leadership had yet to make a final decision on how to tackle him, according to a source close to Bo family.

Bo Xilai’s ambition to get into the central Politburo Standing Committee of the Party at a once-in-a-decade leadership transition later this year had made his powerful enemies to bring him down. He was sacked as Chongqing boss in March for “unspecified” violations and his wife was publicly accused of the murder in April.

Bo’s downfall represented the biggest political rift in China’s leadership for two decades. And Gu’s sentence showed the central Party’s decision to start cleaning the political scandal ahead of their major leadership transition this fall.

Pictures: Beauty pageant for cows invites bikini models

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 07:41 PM PDT

Beauty pageant for cows invites bikini models

August 18, several models donned swimwear to pose for dairy cows, and have close contact with them, in Shanyin County, Shanxi province.

These cow girls were hired by the local authority to gain publicity aiming to promote the county’s high quality dairy cows.

On the same day, a beauty contest for the cows was held first time in the county as well. Through hours of competition, the organizer selected the first “Miss Cow” based on the cows’ milk quality, appearance, and family ancestry.

Beauty pageant for cows invites bikini models

Beauty pageant for cows invites bikini models

Beauty pageant for cows invites bikini models

Beauty pageant for cows invites bikini models

Beauty pageant for cows invites bikini models

Beauty pageant for cows invites bikini models

Beauty pageant for cows invites bikini models

Video: White man raises public anger in Zhengzhou for slapping Chinese woman

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 06:47 PM PDT

White man raises public anger in Zhengzhou for slapping Chinese woman

A white man, who wore a “Wal-mart” card on his chest, was blocked by hundreds of Chinese citizens in Zhengzhou city, Henan Province, after he was caught slapping a Chinese woman twice and spitting at her for a traffic dispute.

Local police officers were soon mobilized to the scene to calm the crowd down, as angry citizens roared on and wanted to beat the white man and turn over his BYD car (a domestically-produced Chinese car).

According to eye-witnesess, a Chinese woman rode on her scooter to accidentally scatch the man’s car. He then just got off his car to slap the woman and then spit at her. Seeing that he had raised anger of the masses, the man locked himself up in the car.

Police officers made efforts to direct the crowd after arrival, and then took a chance to escort the white man quickly from his car to a police car, which stirred up quite an uproar as some ones attempted to rush forward to beat him.

After the police car had moved away from the spot with the white man, the angry citizens still did not want to leave. They demanded the man make an apology right then, and smashed his car too, when some other police officers were still at the spot to calm the people.

At the end, the crowd only dispersed, after the bureau chief of the local public security bureau stepped out to predge that he would resign if he could not handle the matter properly for the public.

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