"People in Chongqing, and mainland media, have lavished Bo with praise for his courage in taking on the gangs, whose members colluded with police and government officials. An article posted on the website of the party mouthpiece People's Daily even compared his campaign to that by the late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping to wipe out bandits in the southwest 60 years ago (…) Bo has been a member of the Politburo since 2007, and his move to Chongqing came soon after his elevation. It was widely interpreted as a step to prepare him for a high position in the central government. Like his predecessor in Chongqing, Wang Yang, Bo is believed to have a good chance of promotion before 2012, when incumbent leaders will retire".