Bo Xilai

New China 'crime' crackdown targets threats to party rule

As Tibetans prepared to celebrate a Buddhist new year festival with prayers and dance, police officers went to schools, airports and public squares to read out "21 kinds of dark and evil forces," a list of new criminal targets.

"Number Two: Individuals associated with the Dalai Lama clique" — supporters of the Tibetan spiritual leader — said the list issued by the Chinese region's public security bureau. Slightly further down the list were people described as "Protecting the Mother Tongue" — those seeking to preserve the Tibetan language.

These targets are part of a new campaign against alleged organized crime in China that expands the range of...