May 26 (East Asia Forum/by Donald C. Clarke): When the Chinese authorities detained human rights lawyer Teng Biao last year, they had little patience with his legal objections. ‘Don’t talk so much about the law with me. Do you know where we are? We are on Communist Party territory!’ they told him. ‘You belong to the enemy! … In that case, we don’t have to talk about legal constraints at all!’
China’s legal system has never been about the rule of law. It has been and remains about making government function more effectively.
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