Chinese scandals and the perils of one-party rule

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

A global food company headquartered in suburban Aurora is in trouble in China. Workers at OSI Group’s Shanghai plant, which supplies McDonald’s and other chains there, forged production dates in order to sell expired meat. A surprising element of the scandal: It was exposed by an investigative report on typically meek Chinese television…

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“Even in an authoritarian system, if you can administer law more or less impartially, that might be enough to keep the system going for a while. But it really doesn’t get at the question of rule of law.”

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