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Chinese corruption trial raises questions about funding for Harvard student trip

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It has been called China’s biggest court case since the trial of the Gang of Four in the wake of the Cultural Revolution in 1980. Testimony in the trial of former high-level Chinese politician Bo Xilai touched on infidelity, embezzlement, and murder. And Harvard.

Among the claims presented at the trial, which ended Monday, was that a billionaire who bankrolled the Bo family’s lavish habits paid for plane tickets and hotel rooms for 40 students from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government to visit China during their 2011 spring break.

Bo Xilai’s son, Bo Guagua, whose extravagant international lifestyle is said to have hurt his father’s image in China, earned a degree from the Kennedy School last year.

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