The Chinese media is portraying the upcoming trial as a show of determination of the Chinese leadership to combat corruption. Some Chinese netizens agree.
"The indictment to Bo is already an improvement for Chinese legal system," wrote Zangrenxiongqi on Weibo, China's Twitter-like microblogging site. "It shows the determination of the central government to fight against corruption."
"This is to prove no matter how powerful the person is, as long as he or she violates the law, there will be punishment," chimed another netizen.
But others remain skeptical.
"This is a fight among interest groups, and it is not the first time that this happens," Riyuezhiguangjushi posted on Weibo. "When Jiang Zemin was in power, he removed (former Beijing mayor) Chen Xitong. It's understandable that Xi wants to eliminate Bo Xilai, even Deng Xiaoping has removed (Communist Party chief and rival) Hua Guofeng. This is politics, no right or wrong. It's just 'those who win become emperors, and those who lose become bandits'."
Bo's trial will be held in Jinan, the capital city of Shandong in eastern China, far away from his power base in Chongqing, where Bo still enjoys residual influence.
The Chinese authorities are expected to tightly stage-manage events -- unless Bo refuses to follow the script.
A source close to Bo's family told CNN that Bo denies the charges and looks forward to having the opportunity to defend himself in court -- if he is allowed to be heard publicly.
That looks unlikely. The Central Propaganda Department has reportedly decreed: "In coverage of the Bo Xilai trial, the media must use (the state-run) Xinhua wire copy without exception. Do not independently investigate and do not use material from other sources."