China Law and Governance Review
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June 2004 Issue No. 2   
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From the Editors

Welcome to the China Law and Governance Review.

As keen observers of China’s law and governance developments, we are well aware of the amount of information available today from a variety of English-language sources. However, every time we pick up a Chinese newspaper or magazine, or surf major Chinese Websites and portals, we are struck by the number of interesting—sometimes surprising—news reports and commentaries in the press. These accounts reflect the complex, dynamic and seemingly contradictory realities of a country that is neither the authoritarian state nor the new frontier of capitalism that many abroad perceive it to be. We would like to share some of these stories and issues with a larger audience through the Review.

The Review is not meant to be a news-clipping service or a bulletin of recent developments. Rather, it highlights what we think are some of the most interesting stories and commentaries that we are reading in the Chinese press, particularly in the areas of legal system development and governance. Our stories are selected from an extensive research and review of a variety of published materials from the Chinese media. We not only provide summaries, translated excerpts and background information to these news accounts and commentaries, but also add analysis which we hope will stimulate discussion among our readership.

In addition, so that readers can get a flavor of the lively discussions and debates which are no longer uncommon in China today, we present in an unadulterated format a variety of viewpoints of ordinary Chinese on a given subject, including excerpts of discussions in the country’s burgeoning internet chat rooms.

We hope that the Review will be a window into the fascinating changes that are taking place in China. We welcome your feedback. Please send comments and inquiries to:


Ms. Su Lin Han, the Editor and co-founder of the China Law and Governance Review, is a native of Beijing who practiced law before turning to writing. Ms. Han, who is now based in the U.S., received her J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law of the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. She worked as a corporate attorney at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC and the Hong Kong office of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. Her recent projects include a book on comparative judicial systems and processes done in cooperation with the Supreme People’s Court of China. Since 2004, she has been working as a legal consultant to the World Bank on a secured transactions reform/access to credit project in China.


China Law and Governance Review is a publication of China Law and Development Consultants Co., Limited (“CLD”), a Hong Kong firm founded in 2000 to support non-profit development work in China. In addition to designing and carrying out projects with Chinese partners, CLD advises foreign donors and other organizations working in China. CLD specializes in legal system development, governance reform, women’s issues, educational reform and the emerging NGO sector in China.

Ms. Phyllis L. Chang, originally of New York and California, is the founder of China Law and Development Consultants. Ms. Chang studied Chinese language and law in Beijing in the early 1980’s before practicing corporate law in Silicon Valley. In 1994, she discovered the non-profit world and joined the Ford Foundation in China as Program Officer for law and governance programming. Ms. Chang has been resident in Beijing for many years. She speaks Chinese with a New York accent.





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