The elevation of law over politics is very new in China and the extent to which it is to be taken seriously is not always clear to the Chinese involved. The Chinese official and the Chinese citizen are part of a political structure in which the Party’s will and policies have been the most effective law… Laws and regulations have to be understood in this wider context of a society in which the formal legal position is only one consideration and still often not the most important.
George O. White III,
Foreigners at the Gate: Foreign Direct Investment Regulations & Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in The People’s Republic of China,
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