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Chinese Delegates Shun Foreign Media in Beijing

As the Communist Party's 18th party congress convenes in Beijing, leaders from provincial delegations have been exercising caution and avoiding key politically sensitive issues.Provincial leaders have been addressing questions from state media, while largely avoiding international media.In particular, the meeting with the Chongqing delegation was packed with foreign journalists. Bo Xilai was party boss of Chongqing until he was ousted following a massive political scandal in March.Chongqing's acting leader, Zhang Dejiang, only gave brief answers about Bo's case, China's biggest political scandal in 30 years.Bo Xilai was tipped to enter the Politburo Standing Committee—the Party's top ruling circle—during this year's power transition. His political career tumbled after his former police chief Wang Lijun fled to a US consulate in February. Wang reportedly brought with him incriminating evidence against Bo, including information about Bo's role in the persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual practice. Also, Bo's wife Gu Kailai was found guilty of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood.The western provinces of Gansu and Qinghai have been hit by demonstrations and self-immolations of ethnic Tibetans protesting Chinese rule.The Gansu delegation took ten questions, but refused to entertain a single question from the lone Western reporter there. The Qinghai delegation did not take any questions.The official in charge of Shandong Province denied knowing blind lawyer activist Chen Guangcheng, when a Reuters reporter questioned him about Chen's case. That case had triggered a huge diplomatic incident between Beijing and Washington earlier this year.For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tvFollow us on Twitter ☛ us on Facebook ☛

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