A Chinese court’s punishment of a nine-year-old child unable to pay her dead father’s debts highlights growing concern with the country’s social credit system. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto A Chinese court’s punishment of a nine-year-old child unable to pay her dead father’s debts highlights growing concern with the country’s social credit system. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
A Chinese court’s punishment of a nine-year-old child unable to pay her dead father’s debts highlights growing concern with the country’s social credit system. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

China's social credit system

Nine-year-old found liable by court for dead father’s debts, and punished under China’s social credit system when she couldn’t pay up

  • Court ruling and financial sanction on young girl prompt fierce debate over the social credit system, a carrot-and-stick mechanism based on a range of data
  • Publicity about the case and the girl’s troubled life – her father was executed for murdering her mother and grandmother – led the court to reverse its decision

Topic |   China's social credit system
A Chinese court’s punishment of a nine-year-old child unable to pay her dead father’s debts highlights growing concern with the country’s social credit system. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto A Chinese court’s punishment of a nine-year-old child unable to pay her dead father’s debts highlights growing concern with the country’s social credit system. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
A Chinese court’s punishment of a nine-year-old child unable to pay her dead father’s debts highlights growing concern with the country’s social credit system. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
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