Gu Kailai's Multinational Business and Her Fear of Betrayal





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Published on Apr 9, 2012

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A Wall Street Journal investigation report on April 6 reported
many secrets on Gu Kailai, Bo Xilai's wife.
Gu's business activities spanned China, the UK and the US
but were troubled by the fear of betrayal in recent years.
Previously, Bo Xilai openly claimed that over the 20 years,
Gu had only stayed at home doing housework.
The Wall Street Journal report has no doubt like
a slap in the face for Bo Xilai.

The 2300-word Wall Street Journal report says Gu Kailai,
Bo Xilai's wife, was doing business over the last 20 years.
Gu's business activities were said to have "spanned China,
the U.S. and Britain".
Allegedly, Gu Kailai ran the Law Office of Horus L. Kai, and
held a stake in the firm, Horas Consultancy & Investment.
Horas "advised clients who wished to do business in China
as the country's economy exploded in the 1990s."

U.S. lawyer, Ed Byrne, was hired by Gu Kailai 15 years ago,
for settling a Chinese company's law case in the U.S.
Byrne says that Gu had distributed business cards carrying
the name "Horus L. Kai".
Horus L. Kai was the name Gu used in her business deals
in the U.S. and U.K. over the years, according to reports.

The report says Gu "helped chart the winning legal strategy".

When the U.S. law case was over, Gu invited her legal team
and several Americans who had worked on the case—
and their American families—to visit Dalian.
One American, Robert Schenkein, recalls that they were
hosted at the Golden Pebble Beach Resort.
Schenkein says that during one dinner in Dalian, Bo Xilai,
the then Mayor of Dalian, shook hands with everyone.

On March 9, in the last public appearance before his ouster,
Bo described Gu Kailai as a "housewife".
Bo said that Gu gave up her legal career 20 years ago
and that he was very touched by her sacrifice.

However, outside commentators don't buy Bo's claim.

Zhang Weiguo, chief editor of Hong Kong's Trend magazine
says Bo was lying.

Zhang Weiguo: "Bo was lying, it was his instinctive reaction.

If Gu Kailai had really been doing housework at home,
Bo wouldn't have needed to claim it publicly.
This is basic general knowledge for those who are familiar
with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s politics.
The reason behind Bo's lies was that his scandals—
usually hidden in darkness—were unearthed."

Zhang Weiguo says Bo Xilai took action on everything,
aiming to reduce the detriment.
Bo took action, hoping to preserve Gu Kailai's gratitude
and ensure her continual work for him.
Bo also hoped his actions may help provoke
some responses from his followers.

Zhang Weiguo: "If Bo Xilai was punished on charges only
against himself, Gu Kailai, other family members and Bo's
followers could be protected, and Bo may increase chances
for himself to stage a comeback."

Previously, the Wall Street Journal had reported that
Wang Lijun—Bo Xilai's former right-hand man who had later
turned against Bo—said, Gu Kailai had gotten involved in a
business dispute with Neil Heywood, a British businessman.
Neil Heywood was unexpectedly found dead
in his Chongqing hotel room, last November.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Heywood had
"feared for his safety after falling out with Ms. Gu."
Gu Kailai had been troubled by depression in recent years,
and feared betrayal, according to the Wall Street Journal.
And Bo Xilai was possessed by the pursuit of reaching
a higher political position.
The couple's relationship had became increasingly distant,
according to the news report.

On March 6, Bo Xilai claimed that Gu Kailai—as China's first
legal group—greatly assisted his anti-vice campaign.
Wang Beiji, China's Democracy Academy executive director
in New York, deems Gu's acts as serious political meddling.

Wang Beiji: "Gu Kailai was not limited to business
and making money, but also offered political advice to Bo.
The purpose was to try to gain more economic benefits
and greater political interests."

Wang Beiji believes Bo Xilai suffered from a split personality
Disorder, like many other CCP senior officials.
On one hand, Bo had touted the ascetic ideal—ordering
tens-of-millions of Chongqing citizens to sing "red" songs
in high profile—but on the other hand, Bo earned money to
pave his career; not believing a single word from the CCP.



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