Such a distortion of the judiciary means those who seek to protect their fellow citizens are now most at risk in China
Originally published by Guardian.co.uk, 7 April 2011
By Isabel Hilton
When the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei insisted to reporters in Beijing this week that “China is a country ruled by law”, and “other countries have no right to interfere” in the case of the detained avant-garde artist Ai Weiwei, there was a certain truth to his remarks. China is a country ruled by law. But this is quite different, as many victims of official corruption in China have discovered, from being a country in which the rule of law prevails.
The rule of law contains important principles: the law is supreme, and all have equal rights before it. The concept of rule by law was pioneered by one of China’s harshest imperial regimes, the shortlived but influential Qin dynasty, 2,000 years ago. The Qin emperor saw the law as an instrument of authoritarian rule, to be defined and used as he chose, and it is this tradition that appeals to the current Chinese leadership.
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By GILLIAN WONG
SEOUL, South Korea – Strolling past hip cafes, the young Chinese man in a white sports jacket and faded jeans looks like any other university student in the South Korean capital. But the laptop in his black backpack is a tool in a would-be revolution in China.
The 22-year-old computer science student is part of a group behind appeals that started popping up anonymously on the Internet seven weeks ago, calling on Chinese to stage peaceful protests to get the ruling Communist Party to move toward democracy.
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Originally published by The Sydney Morning Herald,April 5 2011
By John Garnaut
CHINA’S fourth-ranked leader, Jia Qinglin, will arrive in Perth tonight in the midst of the Communist Party’s toughest crackdown on civil society in more than a decade.
Mr Jia will work his way across Australia in a six-day trip, including having meetings with the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the Foreign Affairs Minister, Kevin Rudd, to deepen ties and consolidate the booming trade relationship at a time when the Communist Party is going to new and more forceful lengths to protect its rule.
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