China’s ‘law of the jungle’
Mar. 28 (WSJ/Joshua Rosenzweig): Rule of law is an ideal that the Chinese government itself repeatedly professes, both to its own citizens and to the international community. But when its security forces resort to harassment, arrest, enforced disappearance and even torture to deal with perceived threats to stability and voices expressing legitimate criticism, it erodes confidence in the sincerity of the government’s commitment.
What’s happening in China right now looks less like rule of law than a sort of “law of the jungle” in which power is exercised unchecked.
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Note: The writer is a senior researcher at the Duihua Foundation, a human rights organization.