Rumour was rife amongst China watchers yesterday that Bo Xilai’s trial was to be held in Changsha this morning. That doesn’t seem to have happened.
Neither has Bo Guagua, the 24-year old Oxford and Harvard graduate, apparently returned to China, according to statements (Chinese link) he has made to the Guardian and the New York Times.
Bo Xilai talk: Bo Guagua just said in email to NYT that the news of his arrival in China “is completely without basis.”
— Edward Wong (@comradewong) October 15, 2012
& Bo Guagua to Guardian: “Like much of the news reported about my family, the rumour that I am back in China is false”
— tania branigan (@taniabranigan) October 15, 2012
As with Xi Jinping‘s “disappearance” last month, rumours about Chinese government officials and their families (or in this case, former government officials) should always be taken with a monumental grain of salt.