Beijing Briefing is our weekly round up of China news and analysis

Xi Jinping’s tiger hunt

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai did not go on trial this morning in the southern city ofGuiyang, capital of impoverished Guizhou province despite a story, well rumour actually, in well-connected Hong Kong newspaper Ta Kung Pao. Chinese officials issued their denial only this morning, after a number of international news organisations had blown their dough.China’s willfully

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Vale Richard Baum, father of Chinapol

Just before Christmas Rick Baum, well known and much lauded UCLA professor and China expert passed away. Amongst the many works he contributed to the field is Chinapol, an amazing online discussion forum that has become essential reading for diplomats, journalists and academics. Below is his obituary from the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/world/asia/richard-baum-72-dies-presided-over-chinapol.html?_r=0