The financial district of Pudong in Shanghai: officials from the city travelled to Ireland as part of China’s Senior Officials Training Programme. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

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Chinese president Xi Jinping, who has called for a crackdown on graft and warned that the problem is so extreme it could threaten the party’s survival. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Chinese police have detained activist Liu Ping on subversion charges after she called on(...)