This whole Chongqing business is getting murkier and murkier.
Let’s do a quick recap of all the major events so far: First, former police chief Wang Lijun was removed from his post in February after allegedly seeking asylum at the US Consulate in Chengdu.
Then, after an extended period of uncertainty over Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai’s political future, he was dramatically sacked after the annual National People’s Congress.
And then just two days ago, we found out that the UK has sent in a formal request to the Chinese government to investigate the death of Neil Heywood, a British businessman linked to Bo’s wife who was found dead in a hotel room and quickly cremated without an autopsy.
Heywood, as it turns out, was working part-time for a British strategic-intelligence firm, Hakluyt & Co., set up by former spies, and was at one point in time, helping to take care of Bo’s son Bo Guagua studying in the UK.
Now, Angus Walker, UK correspondent for ITV, who’s now in Chongqing, says the UK consulate there has now refused to entertain further questions from the media, going so far as to chain up its doors. Both the consulate and the embassy in Beijing are staying mum on the death of Heywood:
The UK Consulate in this vast metropolis is not commenting. It is the staff at the consulate who would have helped Mr Heywood’s family and his Chinese wife when his death was discovered in a hotel.
The British diplomats are keeping very quiet, refusing to reveal which hotel Neil Heywood spent his last night in.
The Heywood family are not speaking according to the UK Embassy in Beijing.
The UK Embassy in Beijing is notably refusing to say when doubts about the British Businessman’s death were raised, staff are sticking to ‘earlier this year’ which seems to be a clear attempt to avoid mentioning February 6; and Wang’s chats with the US.
Walker also makes the claim that Wang Lijun first visited the UK consulate in Chongqing before making a “mad dash for the US consulate” in Chengdu. The claim has not been verified by other media outlets.