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From high-flyer to lifer…former Chinese political heavyweight Bo Xilai sentenced to spend the rest of his days behind bars for corruption, taking bribes and abuse of power.

That's after a scandalous murder plot involving his wife raised world headlines, sinking the charismatic princeling's political ascension.

Bo reportedly responded angrily to the decision at the end of the closed-door trial - shouting that it was unjust.

So will Bo's legacy continue to shape China's politics after he's locked away?

That's what I asked Fraser Howie, co-author of Red Capitalism and director of Newedge Financial Singapore.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-AUTHOR OF RED CAPITALISM, AND NEWEDGE FINANCIAL SINGAPORE, DIRECTOR, FRASER HOWIE, SAYING:

"Well the legacy of the left is already still shaping China. A lot of what Xi Jinping is actually doing has a very leftist bent. He's a great promoter of Mao, he's a great promoter of group action and mass action. And so a lot of the things that Bo actually did in Chongqing are actually sort of being almost used by the central leadership now. So in that sense, some of those ideas are still very firmly there although Bo is named, certainly in the media a few years and certainly through Xi Jinping's presidency is going to be struck from the record books."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS REPORTER, JON GORDON, SAYING:

"Right. So maybe his politics aren't dead but certainly his aspirations in politics, what does this mean for the leadership composition?"

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-AUTHOR OF RED CAPITALISM, AND NEWEDGE FINANCIAL SINGAPORE, DIRECTOR, FRASER HOWIE, SAYING:

"That's a good question. Xi Jinping obviously this was a great test and while the test was more political theater within the Chinese Communist Party, but Xi Jinping really wanted to send a strong message here to clamp down on those who they had seen had overstepped the mark and had the past 18 months what's been playing out down in Chongqing has staggered many people. And I think not even so much the death of Neil Heywood, but it was the defection or the pseudo-defection to the American consulate by his head of police which I think really shook the leadership. And they started to see real problems appearing in that leadership and that Bo had overstepped the mark. So Xi's trying to send a very strong signal here, but at the same time, he's not going to be executing people. That sets a very bad precedent. So what he does is he gives them life imprisonment and he sends them away to a relatively nice luxurious prison and he gets the man out of the way for the moment and then he hopefully can focus on what he wants to do."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS REPORTER, JON GORDON, SAYING:

"While talking about that focus, now he said he was going to go after tigers not just flies - Bo obviously a tiger - what other tigers should be worried here?"

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-AUTHOR OF RED CAPITALISM, AND NEWEDGE FINANCIAL SINGAPORE, DIRECTOR, FRASER HOWIE, SAYING:

"Well we're already seeing some sort of fallout from it. One of his patrons was the head of security, Zhou Yongkang, and he's sort of been talked about as people are going after him for corruption as is a number of his other disciples if you were or followers in the Petrochina empire, so there's starting to be fallout from this but it's very difficult to tell from outside really what's going on here. It's ultimately as I said, it's Chinese Communist Party theater and it's really which gang runs China? And Xi Jinping is clearing a section of the house at the moment but no one should be thinking this is really a major anti-corruption drive. There's plenty of corruption within the existing leadership. In Xi's family alone that's been exposed. But nobody's going to seriously think he's going to go and clean his own house."

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