A court in Beijing has commuted the death sentence given to Gu Kailai, the wife of the former prominent Chinese politician Bo Xilai, to a life sentence. Gu was convicted of murder in the death of British businessman, Neil Hayward, in a high-profile case that exposed the sordid underbelly of rampant corruption among China's elite. Her cold and calculating nature, and arrogance, caught the attention of all those who considered China as a golden opportunity.
The Gu case, where the greedy quest for bribes and kickbacks, of the two PEPs, was detailed, to the discomfort and pain of the Chinese Government, served as a wake-up call for Western businessmen seeking to turn a tidy profit by doing business in China. Since Gu, most Westerners have become more cautious with China, particularly in matters where their expected conduct, the illegal payment of gratuities, violates the corrupt practices laws of their home country. Bo Xilai is also serving a life sentence, after a conviction for corruption.