One easily jumps to the wrong conclusions, if one relies on the media (TV and papers) alone. If you read these reports, only a few at a time - you simply cannot endure to face the whole horror at once - you look behind the scenes, those sky scrapers, super modern highways and pompous political leaders. They are worlds away from the West and stumbling and halting as our Democracy exasperingly is, we usually manage to avoid the horrors revealed here.
To beginn with, English is not my mother language, sorry for hat unsofisticated writing. The book is – to my opinion - reflecting exactly the situation, China is confronted with in 2006, althought the data have been taken from years back. The big line thru this book is the corruption of the governmental system, i.e. most often the party boss on the low level base, such as township, ruling on at least the population of 20 villages. And the villages also are ruled by members of the party, however sometime are using the power of the party for their own purpose, such as the case of the village deputy chief Zhang (page 29ff) , who used the money of his village for his own possesions, and on question by villagers, he and his sons killed the 4 people of the village with knifes and clubs. 2 of the killers were senteced to death by the court. Or take the situation of the auditors, who were requested by the villageres, because the villagechief was misusing the money of the people by his own. Then the auditor turned into a person, eating up the money from the villagers, which resulted in the pledge of the villagers, to withdraw him from his duties. This must be reality, because we can find this type of alligation in an reacent issue of THE WALLSTREET JOURNAL, ASIA, October 13-15, 2006, “China allows outside audits of agency that probes graft” by Rick Carew, who reports on a case , where an internal auditor was found dead from excessive consumption of food and alcohol while being on an audit-tour. Reacent issues of the govenment portlal XINHUA, THE ECONOMIST, TIME international reported on a big corruption scandal in Shanghai among the major was allegedly was involved, where 2 Billion British Pounds where missing in the pocket of the social security system of the workers of Shanghai. Or take the tax situation in China-2000: peasents pay 146 yuan/year, whereas urban worker pay 37 yuan/year, whereas the income of city dwellers was 6 times of that of a peasent (p. 151). An other example of the arbitrary action of the township tax system is the tax on “hitching a free ride”, on the 12. National Party Congress, Dec 1984, they changed the term from tax to charge, which means the township was responsible for taking tax, not the central government (p. 149). Interesting are the numbers on the productivity of China under the rule of the brutal Quin-Dynasty (ca. 200 B.C) was as effective as the productivity of China in 1977 during the cultural revolution (p. 148). Alarming is the fact –also seen in the European Union – that the headcount of the administration is increasing alarmingly. Under the Han-Dynasty (200 B.C.) 1 officer was per 8000 peasents, the Tang-Dynasty has a ration of 1 /3000 , the last Manshu (1911) had a ratio of 1/300, now it is 1/70. Redarding this issue, one can only say, China, welcome to the club (e.g. Europe, USA).
May be the book of Chen + Wu was the stone which started an other cleaning from the corruption by the government. In conclusion the authors are a little bit disorientated regarding the function of the juridical system as such and in particular in China. The juridical system around the world, from China, Germany , France thru USA is paid by the government and must serve the government, although they always teach us other lessons in school. They are all but independent, and the judges of China are no exception. In Germany the Judges are as corrupt as in the USA, and they are corrupt, there are countless cases, showing the corruption. Or take France where Jugde Halphen reported on the corruption of the system (THE ECONOMIST, January 19, 2002, page 43, The Bitterness of a Judge”). Finaly I have to critizise heavily the language of the book. Authors, please kindly write in oxford english, because most of the people in the world can understand that English. I as a non-english speaking person had fundamental problems in understanding your type of English slang.
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5,0 von 5 SternenCritical information for the serious China hand
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I agree with John Pomfret, who concludes that this is one of the most important books to come out of China in a long time. I am a China specialist who regularly spends time in both urban and impoverished rural areas of China. This book provides excellent anecdotal examples of some of the sacrifices that China is making to modernize. These sacrifices are manifesting themselves in many ways: displaced workers, lost arable land and displaced farmers, corruption, increasing urban-rural income gap, etc. The book was originally published in China under the title _Zhongguo nongmin diaocha_ (An Investigation of Chinese Peasants). The book has since been banned in China. This translation will seem somewhat "foreign" to the non-Chinese speaker, but it is accurate and reflects the original language.
4,0 von 5 SternenI bought this book a few years ago and I ...
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I bought this book a few years ago and I have read it a couple times. I have a lot of empathy towards the peasants in China and this book provides details of life experiences of rural Chinese people and their sacrifices.