US President Donald Trump has caused controversy by issuing a wave of pardons in recent weeks. Could Chinese President Xi Jinping issue pardons regularly as his US counterparts do? Photo: AP US President Donald Trump has caused controversy by issuing a wave of pardons in recent weeks. Could Chinese President Xi Jinping issue pardons regularly as his US counterparts do? Photo: AP
US President Donald Trump has caused controversy by issuing a wave of pardons in recent weeks. Could Chinese President Xi Jinping issue pardons regularly as his US counterparts do? Photo: AP
China Society

US presidents regularly issue pardons, Chinese presidents don’t – but could that change?

  • Donald Trump, like other presidents before him, has pardoned prisoners in the waning weeks of his presidential term. In China pardons happen much less often
  • Xi Jinping has twice issued pardons, the first since Mao’s era, and legal experts say China should consider regularising presidential pardons

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US President Donald Trump has caused controversy by issuing a wave of pardons in recent weeks. Could Chinese President Xi Jinping issue pardons regularly as his US counterparts do? Photo: AP US President Donald Trump has caused controversy by issuing a wave of pardons in recent weeks. Could Chinese President Xi Jinping issue pardons regularly as his US counterparts do? Photo: AP
US President Donald Trump has caused controversy by issuing a wave of pardons in recent weeks. Could Chinese President Xi Jinping issue pardons regularly as his US counterparts do? Photo: AP
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