Bo Gua Gua, son of Bo Xilai, breaks his silence

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China's former Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai
China's former Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai. Photo: Reuters

The son of the disgraced Chinese Communist Party chief Bo, Bo Gua Gua, has broken his silence and written a statement for his US college magazine, the Harvard Crimson.

In it he says he is 'deeply concerned' about the events surrounding his family.

He dismisses speculation about a rumoured 'playboy' image and defends his academic record at expensive English private schools as well as Oxford University.

One rumour that's long circulated around Beijing has been that he once dated the daughter of the former US Ambassador Jon Huntsman and even picked her up from the American Embassy in Beijing in a red Ferrari.

He denies that story in the article.

He appeals for privacy and so it seems this will be all we will hear from the young man who would have known the British Businessman Neil Heywood as a family friend.

Bo Gua Gua's mother is now accused by the Chinese authorities of murdering Mr Heywood after an 'economic dispute'.