February 15, 2010
Feng Zhenghu returns homeFeng Zhenghu, the Chinese human rights activist who camped out at Narita Airport in Tokyo for over three months to protest the refusal of Chinese authorities to allow him back to China, has returned to Shanghai. Here's the Washington Post story. In a moment of no doubt unintended irony, the mayor of Shanghai, Han Zheng, is said to have commented apropos of Feng's case that all those entering the country had to abide by Chinese laws and regulations. Apparently those guarding the entry gates, however, do not; no legal basis for refusing him entry was ever to my knowledge proffered by the government. If readers can think of any, please let me know in the comments.
February 14, 2010
Chinese legal history quotation of the week
As for the "ling-ch'ih," otherwise called the "slow and painful," or "slicing process," my friend said it was "really not so bad as people thought ...."
Sir Henry Evan Murchison James, The Long White Mountain: A Journey in Manchuria (1888), p. 158.