The Rule of Law and Other Mythical Creatures

December 1, 2014

mythical_creaturesThe rule of law is a perennial favorite discussion topic in China, and I’ve certainly spilled lots of ink on the subject in this blog over the years. The issue had a bit of a resurgence recently due to a government conference here in Beijing in October whose theme was (I’m paraphrasing): “Law Sounds Good!”

Moving a country closer to a rule of law system, as opposed to a rule by politicians or the military, is a laudable aspiration. I’m a big supporter and have done my bit to publicize some of China’s more dramatic reforms since I hopped off the boat here so many moons ago.

But what does “rule of law” mean? And what does it mean in China?

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