Posted by Adam @ 8:10 am on May 29th 2007

China adopting a robust approach to government corruption and incompetence

There was a recent poisonous Chinese pet-food scandal and an ongoing Chinese food and drug scandal. China exports a lot of products that are more tightly regulated in many of its markets than is the case in China and is keen for those exports to continue, which means supporting confidence in those markets.

Thus, the result of investigations into Zheng Xiaoyu, the former head of the Chinese equivalent of the FDA, for corruption and negligence was going to be looked at quite closely. The Chinese justice system (not famous for acting contrarily to the wishes of China’s leaders) has pulled no punches, sentencing Zheng to death.

“Zheng was supposed to use the power given to him by the state and the people seriously and honestly, but instead he has ignored their vital interests … by taking the bribes,” Xinhua quoted the court as saying.

“This has threatened the safety of people’s life and health and has caused an extremely bad social impact.”

One presumes that British and American government officials wouldn’t want such stringent standards for public service applied in their own countries. Spent time on a ‘fact-finding’ trip to a luxurious golf resort? Off with his ‘ead.


  1. God, this is nuts. China’s government needs to be overthrown.

    Comment by weltschmerz — 5/30/2007 @ 1:45 am

  2. Zheng Xiaoyu was just executed. No time spent on lengthy appeals in China, it seems.

    Comment by Adam — 7/10/2007 @ 12:35 pm

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