Disgraced former Vice Minister of State Security Ma Jian gave an interview two weeks ago to rebut comments about corruption among the leadership by Guo Wengui. Ma's speech is not so much a rebuttal of Guo's accusations as an attempt to discredit Guo by describing the kinds of illegal activity he allegedly requested of Ma and other security officials. If any of it is true, Ma presents a disturbing picture of the nexus between business and the party elite. In a sen
se, Guo and Ma are presenting two sides of the same coin, and the fall of both men illustrates the risk accepted at elite levels of Chinese politics.