CNN’s veteran China correspondent Jaime FlorCruz who actually was acquainted with Bo Xilai from back in his university days decades ago tracks the rise and fall of the former Chongqing party secretary:
I knew Bo when we both studied at Peking University’s history department in the late 1970s. I majored in Chinese history, he in world history.
We sometimes ate lunch together, standing while eating around a table with other classmates in the university cafeteria (there were not enough stools for every diner.) We typically talked about current events and debated history and politics.
Bo was particularly keen to practice speaking English with foreign students like me.
“His top ambition then was to be a Chinese journalist posted overseas,” recalls a classmate and close friend of Bo.
Two years later, after getting his Peking University degree, Bo got into the master’s degree program in journalism, the first ever, at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
After graduation, however, Bo did not pursue his ambition to become a foreign correspondent. Instead, he worked his way up as a local party and government official.
Read his full account here.