What are the things legal in China, but illegal in the US and Europe?

For most of the ESL teachers who are moving to China, to know the Chinese laws is not an easy thing.


Here in this article, let's explore some interesting law differences between China and the US/Europe.


1. Porn

In China, it's illegal to watch porn, it's a crime to diffuse porn, but it's not illegal to download porn.


Here we need to know the difference between an "illegal action" and a "Crime". For example, jaywalking is illegal, drunk driving is a crime. By jaywalking in China, the person might be fined for 100 RMB, by drunk driving, the person would be put in prison for 1 month which makes him a criminal.


In the US and Europe, it's legal to watch porn (except children porn), diffuse porn with Copywrite accreditation. Diffusing, producing copyright infringement porn is illegal.




2. Drinking

In China, drinking is not illegal for any age. In Europe, America, and Australia, it is illegal for minors to drink or buy alcohol, and it is also illegal to sell alcohol to minors.


You can find often the father encourages his 10 years old son to drink beers at a dinner party with friends or family.


It is not illegal to sell home-brewed wine in China (of course, to sell it in a proper shop or on Taobao, you need a QS certificate, but this is not a judicial category, it is an administrative category).In Japan, it is illegal to sell it.

3. Leader

In China, it is against the law to ridicule, ridicule and ridicule the country's leaders. In the United States, it's not illegal. In Europe and Japan, depending on the circumstances, it is generally illegal to poke fun at, mock or satirize one's sovereign (such as the queen of England or the emperor of Japan), but not the leader.

4. Constitution

In China, there is no constitutional court, no concept of unconstitutional review, and the provisions of the constitution are not used as a basis for the trial.


As a result, some cases (for example, violations of a citizen's name right, such as going to college under an assumed name) are in an awkward situation where the offender is not tried and the victim is not protected by the law.


There are also administrative disputes that some county-level cities want to get rid of the city and become provinces.


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