BBC Chinese recently reported that the City government of Shanghai just announced that it will become a “government by law” within five years. The new announcement promised to change the role of the government dramatically, to improve the laws, to deliver better transparency, to encourage public participation in the political process, and to make Shanghai the regional government with the highest approval rating in the nation. The government claimed to have a detailed plan with a timeline. However no details have been released. The announcement triggered a widespread discussion online among Chinese netizens. Most of the comments online expressed doubt. Some suggested that, finally, the government admitted it is not based on the law. Some called for a deeper investigation into the recent scandal involving a group of Shanghai High Court judges caught on tape with prostitutes who a large state-owned company had paid.
Source: BBC Chinese, November 7, 2013