March 9, 2012 3:40 PM

Chinese politician 'surprised' by scandal surrounding his former deputy

Bo Xilai, a charismatic politician who until recently was thought to be on his way to becoming one of the most powerful men in China, offered his first comments Friday on a wave of scandal that has shaken his ambitions. Making an appearance before a select group of reporters at the National People's Congress, Bo, party secretary of the megacity of Chongqing, said he was surprised by the developments surrounding his once close aide, Wang Lijun, who spent a still unexplained night at an American consulate last month.

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