Liu Yunshan, a member of the Chinese Communist Party central politburo standing committee, meeting Chinese women  at the official laying of the foundation stone of the UCD Confucius Institute, which will open in 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

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China’s former railways minister Liu Zhijun was given the “death penalty with a two-year reprieve” for bribery and abuse of power, a sentence that generally means life in prison. Photograph:  Reuters

A Chinese court has given a suspended death sentence to former rail minister Liu Zhijun, the man behind the country’s high-speed rail project, for his(...)