Of all the criminal cases in China, those involving corrupt officials sentenced to death arouse the greatest interest. The morbid examples abound: from the public cheering for the recent death sentences for the two deputy mayors of Suzhou and Hangzhou to the executions of the head of the State Food and Drug Administration, of the Secretary of Justice of Chongqing City, and of the vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.
China is the global leader for the number of corrupt officials who are sentenced to death, and actually executed each year. But, judging by the seemingly endless "public demand" for this kind of punishment and the surging popular anger, it would seem that there is actually not enough of it. While so many people are "beheaded," executives at all levels are still determined to brave death by trying to make the most of corruption.
I understand there are lots of problems in China. However, after being there, I want to point out that the streets were clean, I never felt in any danger at any moment and in principle I think they should execute those who "steal too much." Some corruption actually makes the system work. Too much corruption, like in America, and the system fails and everything begins to fall apart.
I'm against the death penalty for lots of reasons but as an American I have no business giving China "moral guidance" on this issue.
"I understand there are lots of problems in China. However, after being there, I want to point out that the streets were clean, I never felt in any danger at any moment and in principle I think they should execute those who "steal too much." "
That is actually what most Americans said about Germany after 1933.
First of all, I object to the uncalled for use of the term "beheadding." This is not a joke. and China does not do it.
As for the death penalty for corrupt Officials, heads of various entities, it was not that long ago that Japanese would commit ritual suicide if they failed.
Unlike the US death penalty, where poor folks linger on death rwo, many who are actually innocent, due to poor legal representation, in China, a thourough investigation is preformed BEFORE an arrest enev happens. Fer, if any, innocent ever appear in court, because, when the athorities discover they are innocent they let them go, and continue after the real culpret. In the US the prosecution just want a win, at any cost. The same way with the defense attornies, so many quilty as sin walk, while victims fail to recieve justice.
I like the Chinese justice system better.
You're mostly right about the beheading part. They actually face a firing squad and get a head shot. If you're living in China you'd better like the Chinese system. You cannot openly object to it without risking your life.
I'm sure you can get a ticket at a reasonable rate. Best wishes from America.
dunno, there are countless stories of poor chinese losing their house/land to corrupt officials, and then they are arrested when they complain. the only thing that saves them is when the villagers riot and make a big fuss and embaress them, but that is rare. usually they are arrested and put in a "psychiatry" facility, which is often some basement somewhere. power protects their own. note: a few years ago china created riot police; guess they were on to something.
What may escape the attention of many readers is that the commentary was published on-line in China in Chinese at a site called Economic Viewpoint
China cleans it's society of Thieves, Drug dealers, the Corrupt, and Murderers and I applaud them.
They also clean out protestors and activists in like manner.
and tibetans, ouigars, mongolians...
OK. Personally, I think their policy sucks.
and just about anyone else who has a different opinion than what the gov't allows
mmmm...no beheadings here, but our politicians may be more corrupt.
The explanation I would like is why doies huffp0 distor the news? Why can't huffp0/aol hire professional journalists? They got plenty of money to pay them. There's plenty of demand in America for the punishment of corrupt officials.
no one wants to pay journalists, which is why foreign bureaus for most papers have evaporated. owners just want to collect money from ads. huff/aol is no different.
people need to vote and get involved in their government if they want change they can believe in; not just once in awhile.
Well we can use a little Chinese intolerance to corruption right here in the good old USA. Most elected leaders are in the pocket of rich lobbyist from both foreign and domestic. We do not call corruption in our government corruption, instead, we call it "interest group/lobbying influence," with an army of lawyers on staff to protect from prosecution.
They are so against corruption that they kill corrupt people in special buses where they can harvest their organs and sell them to the highest bidder?????
This is not a society we should emulate!
Exactly which part do you object to? I oppose the death penalty under all circumstances, but if you're going to kill your citizens (as China and the US both do), you might as well harvest their organs to potentially save other lives.
Only if you are donating them. China sells them though
You have to wonder at all the official that have been given the death sentence lately. Now I have an other perspective on it all.
But is't China using body parts from persons sentenced to death for transplants? That is a lucrative market, so why not kill off some corrupt official for all the body parts!
it has been said that executions rise when the need for organs for transplantation rise.
Do they love it as much as Oklahomans?
No one loves it more than Texans.
Actually, in per capita terms, Oklahoma, by a quite a bit, executes more people than Texas.
Hey,it gets you out of China!
They love it because it works. Rather kill then fill up the jails.
Works? If it worked why are they still executing people. Isn't the death penalty suppose to be a deterrent?
Your logic is as bad as your grammar. "Rather kill then fill up the jails."? Why fill the jails with bodies of prisoners you killed?
We dhould love it too
I think I have a solution to that sort of corruption without the death penalty for the USA: Life without parole and forfeiture of all assets except bare minimum to support family of accused.
Someone already mentioned Texas.
To take the pragmatic approach, the death penalty is quick, easy and in the long run economical.
Not if the government is held accountable for mistaken convictions. The number of innocent people erroneously sentenced to death in the US is staggering. So bad, that states like Illinois have issued a moratorium on further executions. Imagine how many millions of dollars a jury would award a victim or the surviving family for an improper conviction or execution.
Which is why we have long appeals process as people sit on "death row" for years or decades awaiting their fate. When you add up the cost of the appeals process and the additional costs of housing death penalty prisoners separately as well as the risk of making unjustifiable mistakes, it is hardly an "economical" approach.
As I remarked pragmatism seems to be the chinese approach, therefore I don't think appeals processes and housing prisoners on the chinese version of death row would probably apply. Also, the chinese government does not seem to be held accountable for much of anything.
Until you are the wrong guy to get executed.
I don't think Americans are in any position to get too sniffy about this. The global trend is clearly towards abolition, and it's encouraging to see the Chinese authorities taking steps in the right direction.
Why The Chinese Love The Death Penalty ................. Other reasons besides that it helps thin out a bloated 1,400,000,000 population......... is that the body parts for sale company of China needs a constant supply to fill the demands of hospitals in south east Asia.
Come on HP, this is a misleading piece. The article clearly shows that Chinese dont like corruption and prefer a better method. Executions are to keep the masses happy. The more things change the more they remain the same. Besides it has not stopped the corruption running in this neo-communist system. If the system was so good then every country would be executing their corrupt politicans.