The Party's Over

The fall of Bo Xilai signals a change in China's growth-at-any-cost model

Illustration by Harry Campbell for TIME

The Party's Over. The fall of Bo Xilai signals a change in China's growth-at-any-cost model.

China is undergoing its version of an election cycle, with a once-in-a-decade leadership change in its top ranks. It's a much more dramatic--and perhaps more important--power transfer than even the U.S. presidential race. Far from being the usual quiet swapping of one group of men in dark suits for another, China's changeover is turning cinematic, thanks to the toppling of Bo Xilai, the former head of the Communist Party in Chongqing, a western city with a population the size of Texas'. Bo had risen to fame as a corruption fighter who brought order to his city's Blade Runner--esque sprawl. Not only...

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