Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Some new development. According to pro-China TaKung Pao in Hong Kong, Huang Ju's wife Yu Huiwen made an appearance on the night of August 28th at a gala sponsored by the Shanghai Charity Foundation, where she holds the position of vice-chairman. Although this function was scheduled in advance, it shows that neither Huang or his wife is currently in trouble in the legal sense. This lends credence to the speculation that the arrests of a string of Shanghai officials were not intended to wipe out the Shanghai faction completely, as was the case with former Beijing mayor Chen Xitong. Nonetheless, these arrests have strongly signaled the decline of the Shanghai faction.

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