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China stressing open atmosphere at Bo Xilai trial

Beijing is releasing daily transcripts and microblog posts of the former Communist Party boss's corruption trial

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In this image taken from video, Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai reads in a court room at Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, eastern China's Shandong province, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Bo on Sunday sought to discredit his former top aide as a lying, unreliable witness as the ousted leader denied criminal responsibility in the country's messiest political scandal in decades.

AP

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In this image taken from video, former Chinese politician Bo Xilai, middle, is escorted by court guards before he sits at a defendant's seat for his trial at Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, eastern China's Shandong province, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Bo on Sunday sought to discredit his former top aide as a lying, unreliable witness as the ousted leader denied criminal responsibility in the country's messiest political scandal in decades.

AP

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Ousted senior Chinese politician Bo Xilai speaks during his trial in Jinan, Shandong province, August 25, 2013, in this still image taken from China Central Television (CCTV). Bo, the former Communist Party chief in Chongqing, angrily denounced his former police chief on Sunday on the fourth day of his trial, calling him a "vile character" who faked testimony implicating Bo in covering up a murder committed by his wife.

Reuters

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A man uses his phone to record as the court spokesperson leaves near the words "Trial briefing" at a hotel in Jinan in eastern China's Shandong province on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. The trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai had resumed Sunday morning, a day after he said he made mistakes that prompted his top aide's embarrassing U.S. defection bid, but denied criminal responsibility for the incident that triggered the country's messiest political scandal in decades.

Ng Han Guan/AP

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A man uses his phone to record at a briefing for the trial of Bo Xilai at a hotel in Jinan in eastern China's Shandong province on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. The trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai had resumed Sunday morning, a day after he said he made mistakes that prompted his top aide's embarrassing U.S. defection bid, but denied criminal responsibility for the incident that triggered the country's messiest political scandal in decades.

Ng Han Guan/AP

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A minivan believed to be carrying disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai arrives at the Jinan Intermediate People's Court ahead of Bo's fourth-day trial in Jinan, Shandong province August 25, 2013. Bo accepted responsibility for 5 million yuan ($817,000) in funds he is accused of embezzling which ended up in his wife's bank account, saying he had let his attention wander, in testimony read out in court on Saturday. Bo, once a rising star in China's leadership, is facing charges of corruption, bribery and abuse of power.

CARLOS BARRIA/Reuters

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