Sunday, July 08, 2007

Chinese Officials Think They're Above the Law

Chinese officials break 1-child policy
BEIJING - Nearly 2,000 officials in central China's Hunan province have been caught breaking China's strict one-child policy, state media reported Sunday...

Xinhua said the officials were caught between 2000 and 2005 by the provincial family planning commission and included 21 national and local lawmakers and 24 political advisers.

Xinhua said some of the officials were discovered breaking the law only when they were being investigated for corruption...

[R]ising incomes mean some newly rich can afford to break the rules and pay resulting fines. In April, the government said it would crack down on rich lawbreakers with bigger fines.


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