In our last web poll we asked readers if the mysterious death of British businessman Neil Heywood and the purge of former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai damaged investor sentiment towards China.
Half the respondents said not, while the other half agreed that it had at least done some damage. That is probably about right. If Bo’s wife had murdered the executive of a big multinational it may have been a different matter, but Heywood worked as a small-time consultant with few strong ties to any international companies. Indeed, his main ties were to the Bo family itself.