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China’s Legal Woes

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 4, 2011


China’s legal system is weak at best and horribly policed. A set of laws that was basically given to them by the international community lies on the shelves as unused as dandruff shampoo or mouthwash. The Chinese unaccustomed to anything close to morality would rather purchase their way out of a problem or tell the ‘Chinese truth’- an oxymoron as that is.
There have been buttloads of studies about law in China and the ssrn.com is a great free resource for more insight. But if you have ever lived here you know about the truth of China, the lax enforcement of laws and the corruption to understand that when China speaks of things legal, it is talking out its ass. Here is a comment about how the legal system is actually becoming worse:
“The Communist Party pushed to strengthen rule of law in the 1980s and 1990s…. Lately…. it has been backtracking, worried about challenges to its authority…..That has included warning domestic lawyers to avoid sensitive cases….”Chinese authorities began to fear that some of the demands for legal reform were actually bumping up against some of their core demands, such as one-party rule,” Minzner noted.

4 Responses to “China’s Legal Woes”

  1. gowron said

    don’t forget toilet paper, the set of laws are also as unused as toliet paper. God I hate these stinky people.

  2. Brewskie said

    A fine Chinese business rule yank business professors don’t teach you: “The lawyer you consulted knows less about the law than you do. Consult a wiki instead.” (Yes, I grabbed that from a top ten list you posted.)

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