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Britain asks China to investigate Chongqing death of UK cit

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div class="track"img alt="" src="" width="1" height="1" //divp class="standfirst"Rumours circulate about Neil Heywood's connection to Bo Xilai, sacked Communist party secretary in the citybr //ppBritain has asked China to investigate the death of a British man in Chongqing, the south-west Chinese metropolis formerly run by Bo Xilai, a leadership contender whose abrupt ousting has shaken the ruling Communist party./ppNeil Heywood died and was cremated in November and questions about his death and possible connections to Bo Xilai have been posted on Chinese microblogs./pp"We have recently asked the Chinese authorities to investigate the case further after suggestions that there were suspicious circumstances involved in his death," a Foreign Office spokesman in London said./ppHe said the office was "aware of rumours and speculation related to the case" but did not necessarily give them credence./ppA spokesman for the British embassy in Beijing said Britain had been told Heywood died from over-consumption of alcohol./ppThe Chongqing government office and Chinese foreign ministry spokesman's office in Beijing were unavailable for comment about the British request./ppBo was sacked as Communist party secretary for Chongqing after his former longtime police chief Wang Lijun took refuge inside the US consulate in nearby Chengdu for a day before being persuaded to leave by Chinese officials who took him away for investigation./ppWang's action triggered a torrent of speculation about tensions with Bo, who until his dismissal was a charismatic contender expected to be appointed this year to a top post in the central leadership./pdiv class="related" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"ullia href=""China/a/lilia href=""Asia Pacific/a/li/ul/divbr/div class="terms"a href="" copy; 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our a href=",,933909,00.html"Terms Conditions/a | a href=""More Feeds/a/divp style="clear:both" /
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