Jun 11, 2013 05:03 PM

The Show Trial that Fell Short


The trial of former Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun is the center of public debate.

This was a complex case, involving more than 477 dossiers of related documents. Yet the trial was executed with astonishing efficiency and concluded in less than half a day.

Behind it were the workings of a show. Indeed Liu demonstrated in court that he was a mature politician. From a glimpse on TV, the sharp expressions of his eyes couldn't be missed, betraying his insights into Chinese society.

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