Bo Guagua, son of soon-to-be-show-trial’d politician Bo Xilai, has released a statement to the New York Times about his father’s upcoming trial and his mother’s current imprisonment. The younger, more virile Bo certainly doesn’t sound as though he approves of the way in which China has handled his parents’ trials. Full text below.
It has been 18 months since I have been denied contact with either my father or my mother. I can only surmise the conditions of their clandestine detention and the adversity they each endure in solitude. I hope that in my father’s upcoming trial, he is granted the opportunity to answer his critics and defend himself without constraints of any kind. However, if my well-being has been bartered for my father’s acquiescence or my mother’s further cooperation, then the verdict will clearly carry no moral weight.
My mother, who is now silenced and defenseless, cannot respond to the opportunistic detractors that attack her reputation with impunity. She has already overcome unimaginable tribulation after the sudden collapse of her physical health in 2006 and subsequent seclusion. Although it is of little comfort to my anxiety about her state of health, I know that she will continue to absorb all that she is accused of with dignity and quiet magnanimity. [NYTimes]
Many aspects of this statement—its angsty tone towards the CCP and its publication in a newspaper that is blocked in China, to name a few—give credence to previous rumors that Bo Guagua may be planning to stay in the United States for the long hual, potentially at Columbia law school.