Couching dragons GET SEXPOSED China rising: a phrase that's become predictable whenever people talk about the Middle Kingdom. But a spate of sex scandals involving Chinese politicians gives that tired characterization a twist. Take the case of Bo Xilai, sentenced for 15 years for accepting bribes and attempting to cover up the murder of English businessman Neil Heywood. Part of the report by the Chinese Communist Party states that Bo "had or maintained improper sexual relations with multiple women" . The multiple women alleged to have been involved with Bo reads like a Who's Who of Chinese celebrity. Zhang Ziyi - the star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Ni Ping, popular actress and talk show host; TV and movie star Li Bingbing; actress Tang Wei, who dubbed the voice of Pia Sahastrabudhhe in the Chinese version of 3 Idiots; actress Gong Li; model Lin Zhiling and others. Chinese journalist Jiang Weiping told America's National Public Radio that a conservative estimate of Bo's mistresses would run into three figures. Scarcely had the furore over Bo died down when another scandal roiled China. In August, photographs of three high-ranking Communist Party officials involved in a six-person orgy went viral on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter. Three months later, Lei Zhengfu, party boss of Chongqing's Beibei district, featured in a phone movie of him having sex with his 18-year-old mistress . Zhu Ruifeng, the journalist who released the video, claimed Lei had become too expensive to bribe, so local developers kept him satisfied with a steady supply of young women. And now, Wu Hong, a Chinese police officer, has found photos of himself in flagrante all over Weibo. Foreign Policy's Christina Larsen examines the outing of Lei. The video was leaked to Zhu, a former journalist who now runs a corruption watchdog site, by a whistleblower in the Chongqing police department. Zhu suspects the videos were made by the women the construction companies supplied to Lei, to ensure greater leverage over the official . Larsen says Zhu represents a new kind of watchdog, "who both understands that the Communist Party has a severe mistress problem, and realizes that the problem can be used as a weapon in the fight against corruption." According to Li Chengyan, a professor at Peking University's Research Center for Government Integrity, 80-90 % of corrupt officials have mistresses. And these mistresses are proving to be good whistleblowers . A few years ago, Pang Jiayu, former deputy head of the provincial political advisory body in the northwestern province of Shaanxi, was sacked and expelled from the Communist Party for graft after 11 of his mistresses denounced him. For the corrupt , fidelity may be the best policy. Couching dragons GET SEXPOSED - The Times of India ****************************** China is indeed a country of immense innovative acumen that sets things right. To imagine this unique innovation wherein there is this new type of watchdog which "both understands that the Communist Party has a severe mistress problem, and realizes that the problem can be used as a weapon in the fight against corruption."