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China Currents 2008 Issue Volume 7 Number 1

Bridge Under Water: The Dilemma of the Chinese Petition System

Bridge Under Water: The Dilemma of the Chinese Petition System“Xinfang,” or petitioning to authorities, has been one of the channels for the Chinese people to air grievances and seek justice since ancient times. But it has taken a new and disturbing shape in the current era of economic reform. In fact, there has been an ever intensifying, nationwide, though uncoordinated, active petition movement in China since the late 1980s.

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