In Part 3, I talked about the differences between the Constitutions of the United States and China.
Another sign of China becoming a more open society comes from the Global Integrity Report, which shows America’s overall score in 2009 as 85 compared to China’s overall score of 60.
China legal system had an integrity score of 76.
Consider that China didn’t have a legal system when Mao died— it was a shambles. China had to build a legal system from zero and make it fit the Chinese culture.
I doubt that China will end the death penalty, and I’m sure that China will lead the world in executions for many years to come.
However, recently, several crimes that led to the death penalty were removed from that list and the law was changed so only China’s highest court could hand out a death sentence to a convicted criminal.
Business law was developed first because of world trade and China’s entrance in the WTO.
China integrity score also has inched upward on an annual basis.
In 2007, China’s score was 55, which is considered very weak. However, in 2008, the score was 59 — up 4 points and in 2009, it improved a bit more to 60.
Progress with a country of 1.3 billion people takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight.
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