China executes former food and drug regulator for taking bribes in return for giving the thumbs up to unsafe medicine, a punishment akin to getting pulled over and shot in the head for breaking the speed limit while keeping up with everyone else on the highway. [NYT]

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  1. Skyoodpov says:

    It seems to me that China, in an effort to absolve its reputation for corruption, has forgotten that it should also try to absolve its reputation for brutality.

    This is at least as much an over-reaction as some Sharia law punishments.

  2. firestarsolo says:

    First, Iraq.

    Coming soon: China

  3. Prosumerist says:

    How is executing a man who is knowingly responsible for the multiple deaths of innocent people considered ‘brutality’. Perhaps he should be provided with food and shelter for the rest of his life at the expense of the tax-payers? People forget that being a politician entails the highest moral standing. The US could use a few firing squads to be reminded of that responsibility.

  4. dbeahn says:

    People have died as a result of guys like this giving the OK to bad stuff.

    “a punishment akin to getting pulled over and shot in the head for breaking the speed limit while keeping up with everyone else on the highway.”

    No. More like “a punishment akin to getting pulled over and shot in the head for breaking the speed limit while running over and killing people while keeping up with everyone else on the highway that are also running over and killing people.”

  5. LSonnenhimmer says:

    Its a bit startling, but at least they recognize the corruption, it used to be they just ignored whatever happens to us measly Americans.

    “….keeping up with everyone else on the highway.”

    Not exactly this guy was the cop tasked with keeping everyone at the speed limit. Actually he was the “top cop”.

  6. wruwtrix says:

    “…a punishment akin to getting pulled over and shot in the head for breaking the speed limit while keeping up with everyone else on the highway.”

    Seems more akin to getting the death penalty for driving drunk and killing multiple innocent people as a result of his blatant negligence.

  7. Landru says:

    It seems a little like “See folks, now you don’t have to worry about safety. We killed the bad guy. Buy more stuff.”

  8. Ben Popken says:

    @wruwtrix: The point I was trying to make is that the Chinese government is rife with bribery.

  9. wruwtrix says:

    @Ben Popken: I don’t contest that at all. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but my guess would be that all governments suffer from corruption and bribery. It just seems that the quote is a little rash in its condemnation of the Chinese reaction to this event.

    Shameless plug for PBS:
    Watch “The People’s Court” about China’s legal revolution at [www.pbs.org] if you get the chance. I found the show very interesting when it first aired.

  10. Skiffer says:

    Now only 999,999,999 more to go…

  11. nearsite says:

    As far as I’m concerned, the guy got what he deserved.

  12. DingoDigger says:

    So you want to kill all the Chinese people, eh, Skiffer? Real nice there.

  13. foghat81 says:

    @DingoDigger: i guess just the commies

  14. JRuiz47 says:

    Ben Popken’s Chinese counterpart doesn’t mess around, does he?

  15. Skyoodpov says:

    @Prosumerist:

    I guess I just don’t think that white collar crime deserves a death sentance. We didn’t execute the CEO of Firestone (or whoever made them) when all those SUV’s flipped over killing people in the 90’s…

    I just think China went a little overboard simply for the bravado. They killed this guy so they could say they are tough on corruption, not because he deserved it.

  16. acambras says:

    As Connecticut’s Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said this week:
    “Made in China” should be a warning label.

  17. banned says:

    This is still better than what Bush does, so perhaps we should stretch those punishments over here.

  18. Skyoodpov says:

    @acambras:

    Our Stateys are dicks, Hartford is horrible, and lord help you if you don’t like trees. But at least we have the casino’s and an good Attorney General.

    Wewt Constitution State!

  19. Lula Mae Broadway says:

    How is this story a small little bullet point on Consumerist? This should be a prominent story.

    Must we point out again how much the new Gawker formatting SUCKS!

  20. royal72 says:

    @Ben Popken: i second that and let’s not forget our own wonderful government.

  21. nachas101 says:

    Seems a little harsh, but at least they are dealing with it.
    They are clearly trying to make an example here.
    The issue isn’t just this one guy, but rather a massive system of corruption that is no doubt related to a communist nation embracing capitalism in its own weird way.
    The Chinese government IS the company, not the company itseld. All businesses are governmentally regulated and operated. As money rolls in to feed the giant governmental machine, individuals are finding out that they need more money and likely deserve it. Instead, they get paid like every other communist drone.
    Hence, corruption and bribery.
    The free market doesn’t exist there. A company has no need to build a ‘reputation’ for quality there because everything is the government.
    You cannot pretend to be a capitalist while remaining a communist. It just doesn’t work.
    Dissolve the communist government and put a democratic one in power and the market will adjust itself to end the poison, the shoddy products, and the corruption.
    Yes, when Firestone had it’s issues it was bad and we did not execute the CEO. BUT they realized that there reputation and brand equity was at stake and took necessary and immediate steps to rectify the issue. In China, it went ignored until the problem got so bad that the Chinese government had to deal with it, and harshly.
    If Bob owns a company, it is in Bob’s best interest to put out the best possible product.
    If China owns the company and Bob works there, he has no real stake in the success – only the government does.
    As an aside – why is it that people can’t WAIT to attack our government? Here is a story about China, bad products, corruption and the communist way of dealing with it and as of this writing, there are no fewer than 4 condemnations of OUR government, which isn’t mentioned in the story at all.
    Sad how anti-americanism has crept into our dialogue and is no considered okay.
    I almost forgot to act like I belong – bush bad. U.S. evil.
    Awesome.

  22. Kornkob says:

    Now THAT’S customer service.

    “We’re sorry– did someone put something nasty in your food? Don’t worry— we’ll find out who, then take his boss out and shoot him.”

    Seems a lot better than the version you get in the US where they fire some guy who was just doing a crappy job (or probably doing exactly what his immediate supervisor encouraged him to do).

  23. miborovsky says:

    Good start. Now go kill the rest of the CPC membership.

  24. Peeved Guy says:

    @rocnrule:
    “This is still better than what Bush does, so perhaps we should stretch those punishments over here.”

    Umm… What?

  25. superlayne says:

    Is that a picture of the guy? Ugh, damn my sympathetic heart.


    Communism is very, very bad. Anyone else remember the toy factory hostage?

  26. deweydecimated says:

    my twisted little mind wonders if this isn’t “get the west to stop railing against our flawed safety practices by showing them what we’ll do in the name of ‘getting serious’ about safety.”