Public officials in the United States have their complaints. The pay is often lower than in the private sector, the press is watching (sorry, it's our job), and there are all those annoying forms to fill out.
But that's nothing compared with what happened to one Chinese food and drug regulator who tried to supplement his government salary. Zheng Xiaoyu, the country's former top drug regulator, was convicted of taking bribes worth more than $832,000, reports this Associated Press story, apparently to allow drugs to bypass approval standards.
Yesterday, Zheng was sentenced to death. The court said that his actions "had a very negative social impact." The sentence was unusually strict, even for China, but when asked about the case, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said, "The Chinese government attaches great importance to the safety and security of food."