TheStar.com – World – Chinese food official sentenced to death — I have a slightly different take on this. We know the Chinese hand out death sentences to bureaucrats left and right. But we have to ask ourselves why these harsh punishments. You must conclude that extreme measures are necessary because there is a overwhelming tendency towards corruption that permeates all of China to such an extreme that they have to kill these people. It makes you wonder.

Facing mounting worldwide concern over the safety of its food and drug exports, China sentenced its former top food and drug administrator to death yesterday.

Zheng Xiaoyu, a one-time shining light in the field of pharmaceuticals who became head of the State Drug Administration in 1998, was found guilty of taking $820,000 U.S. in bribes to let companies circumvent safety tests and take their drugs directly to market. At least 10 people died as a result of Zhengs actions, but many more deaths are suspected.

Yesterdays sentencing is seen as a stiff measure aimed at showing the world that China is serious about reining in renegades who would flout government safety standards.


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  1. DaveW says:

    Actually, I would put forth that the death penalty for corrupt government officials would be a step in the right direction right here in the good old USA. I recommend that we start at the top and work our way down.

  2. god says:

    It ain’t geologic time. None of this premise for jurisprudence goes back much further than 150 years. Crimes against the greatest portion of the body politic – deserve the greatest punishment.

    Most civilized nations recognize, for example, most murders as crimes of passion. One-time distortions of behavior and not necessarily punishable by death. As murder while committing theft would be.

    Stealing from the public, a large body of investors – acting like corrupt politicians in other nations where such behavior is expected if not tolerated officially – gets you the most serious penalty. Same as the usual once-a-decade example set in China by lining up a couple quarters worth of drug dealers and shooting them.

    All understandable. Maybe more effective in the long run.

  3. morbo says:

    Finally a story that can go into snopes as true. (remember the 18 Chinese refrigerator managers shot story in the “wsj” some years ago).

  4. mark says:

    @1. If the corruption causes the death of innocents, then I support the death penalty for the crime. And since that would be the case, here, in this country, then so be it.

  5. Wazzok says:

    @ 1&4 – much as i’d love to see the top gov’ officials put to death, i presume you’re referring to bush, it’s hardly fair(even in his case). i mean, it’s war, people die. servicemen joined the army to fight, if they’re getting high wages to do so, then they can hardly complain when they get injured or killed, can they? the only realistic way of not getting killed as a soldier is simple, don’t be one. or be a norweigen soldier, most peaceful nation on the planet, after all

  6. mark says:

    @5. Nuremburg Trials.

  7. Angel H. Wong says:

    Finally someone other than Texas kills ppl for just about anything.

  8. Gig says:

    It is so easy to forget that China is a communist country. For all you left-leaners out there you should remember that this is how communist countries do things.

  9. hhopper says:

    The death sentence was appropriate, according to the court, given the “huge bribes involved and the great damage inflicted on the country and the public by Zheng’s dereliction of duty.”

    Since 10 innocent people died due to this man’s underhanded greed, I have no problem with hanging him.

  10. edwinrogers says:

    Scapegoats, an endangered breed in China.

  11. ECA says:

    5.
    How about the Corps that have buried Chemicals?
    the ones near Niagra, and those in Arazona..

  12. OhForTheLoveOf says:

    #8 – and it is important for the simple-minded to understand that people who “lean left” are not neccassarily communists. Do you think we can get past the 1950’s please.

  13. art says:

    #8 “… this is how communist countries do things.”

    I’m sure you’re spiking from your vast experience and first hand accounts.

  14. art says:

    And that of ‘course should be “speaking” not “spiking”

  15. dave edwards says:

    If we hung corrupt officials in the US, there would be no one left in the Bush Administration, and Washington would be a very quiet place, indeed..

  16. joshua says:

    #16….actually, there wouldn’t be to many people of either party left. Might be hard to get a quorum.

  17. OhForTheLoveOf says:

    #15 – For whatever reason, I liked “spiking” better.

    #13 – Oh did you find a famous guy who supports communism? In a country of over 300 million, I’ll bet you find more. I’m still right, and this borderline McCarthy pathos is childish… pathetic even.

    Liberal is not a synomym for communist and only an idiot thinks it is.

  18. B. Dog says:

    Good, I lost a great old cat to that darned cat food.

  19. joshua says:

    #13…Pedro…..(off topic, sort of)…you getting your butt out of Dodge ? I just read an article saying lots of middle class are starting to move their wives and kids out of Hugoland, and are keeping their pass ports handy.

    Are you one of the lucky ones to have the right of return to Spain?

  20. BubbaRay says:

    [off topic]
    #19, Good, I lost a great old cat to that darned cat food.

    Comment by B. Dog

    Oh man, there’s nothing I can say to cheer you up. My sympathies. But no sympathy for that Chinese jerk here (although I don’t advocate the death penalty).

  21. Mr. Fusion says:

    #22,
    And regarding glover, if you get money to do movies from a commie, work in a commie tv station & support your good friend the commie, what does that make you?

    Gee, two weeks ago I did a photo shoot for a Jew, of his Jewish son, and gave the finished work to his Jewish wife. I like the family too; they paid well, went out of their way to assist during the shoot, fed me during the shoot, and phoned me later to tell me how much they liked the work I did. He is also our family physician. So in regards to Danny Glover, I guess that makes him black.

  22. NappyHeadedHo says:

    Eh, billions more where they came from.

  23. hhopper says:

    B. Dog said, “Good, I lost a great old cat to that darned cat food.”

    We lost a young kitty to that damn tainted cat food.

    OFTLO said, “For whatever reason, I liked “spiking” better.”

    When I read it, I thought that it had some new mysterious meaning. LOL

  24. OmarThe Alien says:

    Bottom Line: the dude pissed somebody off, somebody with a lot more yank than the average Mandarin.

  25. noname says:

    I am not sure what it is about the death penalty people find so cleansing?

    It seems in almost every case, instead of cleaning up human waste/corruption the death penalty only breeds it. USSR, China, Texas case(s) in point.

    If people weren’t so allured by it’s supposed theoretical/theological promises and focused instead on it’s actual deleverables i.e. societal results people might realize it counter productiveness.

    But hey, for the “we” in the USofA, the gut rules and the head is only an obstruction good for hats. How else can you explain a two term looser as a leader?

  26. BubbaRay says:

    #29, USSR, China, Texas case(s) in point.

    Yep, in some cases in W TX juries let women off just because “the jerk needed killin.” Saves the state a lot of time and money. I’m ready for that new show: CSI: Gun Barrel City, TX

    Like they say, don’t mess with Texas. (And no, I neither agree with nor advocate the death penalty.)

  27. Mr. Fusion says:

    #26,
    #23 nice one, comparing commies to jews. Let me know when you get another of those great comparisons.

    Who compared commies to jews?

    First, it is spelled Jews, not jews. Your disdain for others not of your politics shows.

    Second I showed you a similar outline to what you painted for Danny Glover, and note, it is spelled Glover, not glover.

    Third, and I think this will be lost on you; my physician’s race, religion, occupation, marital status, politics and whatever else doesn’t matter in my business dealing with him. Essentially he cares about the quality, cost, and timeliness of my work while I care about the job, price, conditions, and time restraints required.

    Fourth, if you don’t like the conditions, MOVE !!! I’m sure there must be some other nearby tin pot right wing dictatorship that would welcome Spanish speaking fascists to help oppress the majority.

  28. OhForTheLoveOf says:

    #26 – I’m obviously better informed than you are. And you are a liar.

  29. bobbo says:

    Maybe a life sentence would be the better sentence but the death penalty is justified and is better than doing nothing—ie, in GOUSA we don’t even investigate the bastards, we re-elect them.

    While it seems to me the majority of crime in politics in GOUSA is financially oriented (hard to tell with no investigations, trials, findings?), I’m sure initial financial crime ultimately causes death in some cases. ((Where did that defective concrete case on the Big Dig go?? – remember the cieling fell in crushing a few taxpayers, that was murder))

    Anyway, fun to note how the most ignorant impoverished dumb ass in the world can get elected to congress and four years later he is a millionaire. They are all millionaires by the time they leave if they aren’t by the time they get there. aka Hilliaries investment expertise turning ($5000) into hundreds of thousands. aka love to see what Edwards “learned” in his stint at the hedge fund?

    All criminals, even the best of them.

  30. hhopper says:

    I don’t look at the death penalty as a punishment or deterrent. The person who receives a death penalty is removed from the planet and will never be a problem to the average person again. Also, why should taxpayers have to pay to keep someone locked up for life with no chance for parole?


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