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Originally posted by expatter at 2011-6-18 21:44
And regulations .........
Are not rules .........
And rules are not law ........
And the law is not the government ...........
And the police . ...
1. Like the famous case that a street vendor killed a chengguan in Beijing in 2007.
The street vendor is only struggling for survival: enough food. The Chengguan is a good guy viewed by his neighbors. That Chengguan had to follow those regulations. the street vendor only want to survive. At last one killed another.
What caused this tragedy?
In my memory, the orgininal news report didn't give an answer.
2. regulations are changing fast in the present China. The power in different department was often changed from time to time.
Many one practice was okay yesterday. But today it is wrong. China is on the reform, especially the housing reform, education reform, healthcare reform ....After the law changed, many regulations changed, and were changing, and are chaning, and will change.
3. In many cases, ordinary Chinese can't run their business if they follow all of these regulations. Many local government departments would make strict regulations to drive people breaking those regulations. After that Guanxi and invisible laws would dominate the practice. Government officials would get more fines and more corruption, more bribes. A latest news report last month in CCAV revealed such practice in China. "Why are the transportion fee so high in China?" Express companies have to break regulations in urban area. Trucker drivers have to break in moto way. "Whatever they can find an excuse to fine you. If you asked the fine invoice, you would be fined much high. If you didn't ask the fine inovice, you would be fined little."
That is to say, Huge government power are owned by distinct government departments with a lack of supervision.
For example, street vendors don't have the right to express their opinions during the regulation-making. They often don't know the regulation but only want to get enough food. They would resist and take violent actions against chengguan when chengguan cut off the sources for getting enough food.
From one's own experience, most of ordinary Chinese have sympathy with Street vendors.
[ Last edited by 468259058 at 2011-6-18 11:00 PM ]