Shanghaist has further notes on the Chongqing sex tape affair, perhaps the first signature scandal of the Xi Jinping era, which we note is gaudy, attention grabbing, quickly resolved, involved a mid-level official and tied back to a previously discredited individual:
Between 2002 and 2006, while Lei was Dianjiang County Party Secretary, he allegedly took advantage of his position to grant a number of lucrative contracts to his brother's construction company, pocketing a large sum of money for himself in the process. By 2007, after Lei had been promoted to Vice Party Secretary of Chongqing's Jiulongpo District, Lei's personal fortune had grown to the extent that developers effectively found him impossible to bribe.
One developer discovered Lei's weakness for women however, and set about hiring a number of attractive young girls, all under 20-years-old, and using them to set a "honey trap" for Lei. The women, after becoming Lei's mistresses, would secretly video themselves having sex with the corrupt official, giving their employer leverage over Lei.
I guess is just goes to show that you can have a classic British style tabloid expose under the most robust regulatory regimes.
Elsewhere, the NYT has part two of its Wen Jiabiao family interests expose. This involves legislative insider dealing affecting the insurance industry. Boring but glorious, lads. Boring but glorious.