China has summarily executed its FDA Chief for accepting $850,000 in bribes from pharmaceutical companies in exchange for allowing approval of substandard drugs, including an antibiotic which resulted in several deaths. More on this developing story here:
Do you think the Chinese are to be commended for this unusually harsh and swift punishment, given what was at stake? Should public officials who betray a nation's trust be given harsher punishments for their crimes than others (say, a local building contractor accepting bribes)?
I am particularly interested in hearing Forever Newbie's thoughts on this. Also, the method of execution is not mentioned in the news reports. I was wondering what is the official state-sanctioned method of execution in China? I thought it was lethal injection.