By Beth Main
‘China has a bright future, but this success depends on the implementation of rule of law,’ said Gary Locke, the US ambassador to China, this week.
The ambassador commented on China’s prospects and challenges at the opening of the Philip Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition at Renmin University in Beijing. He also emphasised that in order to succeed a country needs to update its laws as its society changes [Ed.: That’d be why America is still bound by a constitution largely written in the 18th century then?].
Citing an old Chinese proverb: “A prince who commits a crime will endure the same penalty as a plebeian,” Locke credited China for introducing the idea of “equality before the law” more than 2,000 years ago.
As Locke pointed out China has made modernisations to its legal system in recent years but now China doesn’t need proverbs, it needs justice and transparency. He joins the ranks of influential figures calling on China to promote the rule of law and follow its constitution.