Better coordination between administrative agencies in China would solve a lot of problems, but the kleptocracy probably won’t go for it.
Times are tough for local governments these days, and the Ministry of Finance has issued a friendly reminder concerning the security of these funds.
Small-time administrative corruption seems to be getting worse in China. Does this tell us anything about enforcement efforts? What should be prioritized?
China’s Nimbies are happy today, but how are local governments going to respond to future pushback?
After all is said and done, I find it interesting that the case of Li Qiming, who was found guilty of manslaughter last week, became famous for something that never actually happened. The kid ran over two people, killing one, and then tried to use the name of his famous father to avoid prosecution. Well, [...]
Grandpa Wen visited a “government complaints bureau” the other day. Don’t roll your eyes. This emphasis on government accountability may tell us something about future political reform.
China has been experiencing federalism problems for thousands of years and still hasn’t figured it all out. Just because a government official in an office somewhere gives you assurance on a particular issue, that doesn’t mean you can rely on it.
How serious is China about meeting energy efficiency targets? How about enforced blackouts of entire towns?
One thief equals one guilty individual. With two hundred thieves, we all bear some responsibility.
I hereby call upon the Central Government to ban government officials from participating in any and all golf-related activities. It’s for the best.
Are immoral government officials more likely to engage in corrupt activities? Some say yes and are using this to justify investigations into the private lives of state employees.
It’s been a year since drunk driver Zhang Mingbao ended the lives of five people in Nanjing and the police began a crackdown. Have we learned anything?
I used to think that all that talk out there of China taking the place of the U.S. as global superpower was ignorant speculation. I’m beginning to rethink my position.
Enforcing court judgments in China can be very difficult, particularly when government agencies fail to cooperate with one another. The Supreme Court is working on it.
A city in Jiangxi spent 290 million RMB to construct its very own Big Ben clock tower, while calls for reconstructing embankments on the Fu River were ignored. This did not end well.
The war on local officials continues. First we were worried about local corruption, then there were budget issues. Now it’s urban planning. Mind you, all of this criticism is warranted.
Baimiao township in Sichuan gained a lot of attention earlier this year when it posted its budget online. Tsinghua Law prof Cheng Jie has written an excellent (non-tech) comparative analysis of government transparency law.
In recent years, Microsoft has enjoyed major IP victories in China with respect to government users and, working with hardware manufactuers, pre-installed software. Now they’re going after Internet cafes.
Cleveland wants to offer a long-term deal to a Chinese firm in return for jobs. Is this the beginning of a trend?
Clients and colleagues can tell you that one issue that crops up in 90% of my first-time client meetings, and 100% of those that involve IP enforcement, is federalism. Specifically, I like my clients to know right away that the Chinese government, despite its authoritarian aspects, is not a monolithic body with tight control over [...]