Between them, the two earned nearly seven million yuan - £600,000 - in kickbacks for building contracts Liu was able to hand out in his role as vice-mayor in charge of construction projects.
Corruption trials are often used as cover for political purges in China, and Liu's arrest was followed two months later by that of Chen Liangyu, the party secretary of Shanghai, a rival to President Hu and the highest-level official to be jailed for two decades. But Liu, 59, was repentant, according to the reports, weeping three times during the hearing, which was attended by his wife and son.
However, unlike the majority of Western women living in China, who watch bitterly as the egos of below-average men swell from the admiring looks of Chinese girls, I took an altogether different approach and chose to date Chinese men instead.
According to details given to newspapers, Liu was detained after one of his mistresses, named as Zhang Yike, sent an hour-long video of a sex session she filmed at a luxury hotel to Communist Party headquarters.
And I went on three dates with a New Yorker who proudly boasted of a book he kept that contained the names of every woman he’d ever slept with (with scores).She had become angry at the lack of reward she received for bestowing her favours on him.It is said that the inner leadership of the Chinese Communist Party - the Politburo Standing Committee - headed by President Hu Jintao sat in amazement as they were forced to watch the video.Chinese society has long left behind the days when talking about sex was taboo, but sexual education in schools remains almost non-existent.The government also keeps a tight rein on what it views as vulgar content on television or online.