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Governance According To Law

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The most fundamental change in China's governance over the past thirty years has been the shift from the rule of men to the rule of law. This change means that the Chinese government has moved away from being a government with unlimited power towards being one with limited power, from being a government which uses the law as a tool towards one which considers the law a guide, and from being a government above the law towards one under the rule of law. The Chinese legal system has the rule of man as its foundation and this has driven its development historically. Today, however, the goal is to break free of the rule of man in favor of a system which imposes restraints on power. There is no doubt that the Chinese government is undergoing a historical transition from a government ruled by man to a government ruled by law.

Keywords: China's governance; Chineselegal system; market economic system; rule of law



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