The former deputy chief of the Chinese agency in charge of steering the world's second-largest economy pleaded guilty to taking bribes at the conclusion of his one-day trial Wednesday, as China intensified its campaign against corruption.
"Faced with the facts, I have been asking myself every time I read the indictment, is this me? How did I end up like this?" a tearful Liu Tienan said, according to court scripts. "Each morning as I wake up, I wonder where I am and how I have fallen into this state of depravation."