China demonstrated today their commitment to maintaining the sanctity of “Made in China” labels. Zheng Xiaoyu, former food and safety chief, was executed this morning for excepting a bribe equivalent to $850,000.
The seemingly harsh sentence will probably be read in one of two ways by Americans. Those who fear China’s growing economic challenge will probably call its government inhumane, willing to sacrifice the lives of its citizens for economic gain–which, of course, the U.S. would never dream of doing, right?
But other people may argue the opposite: that this move by the Chinese courts actually shows how much their culture respects human life. High-ranking officials in China are put to death if they jeopardize the lives of others for their own financial gain. But here in the U.S., those who suggest the impeachment of vice presidents who commit the same crime are seen as radical overreactors.