Huang Sheng, former deputy governor of the Chinese province of Shandong, has been sentenced to life imprisonment and his assets have been confiscated after he was found guilty of accepting over 12 million yuan (almost $2 million) in bribes from both individuals and organisations between 1998 and 2011.

When President Xi Jinping took over leadership of the country in March 2013, he made the crackdown on corruption his top priority as the problem had become so severe. Huang Sheng is the most senior official so far to be punished in the crackdown. Other prominent officials that have been caught out include Li Chuncheng, the deputy head of the Communist Party in the Sichuan province, who has been charged in relation to “serious” disciplinary issues, and Liu Zhijun, a former railways minister, who was charged last month with corruption and abuse of power.