China’s Chief Justice Zhou Qiang, head of the Supreme People's Court, has sparked controversy after warning provincial judges never to fall into the ‘trap’ of embracing erroneous Western ideas such as judicial independence. Photo: Xinhua

Lawyers urge China’s top judge to quit over controversial comments against ‘Western’ judicial independence

Petition launched after Zhou Qiang, head of the Supreme People’s Court, tells top provincial judges to reject ‘erroneous’ Western ideas of judicial independence and separation of powers

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China’s Chief Justice Zhou Qiang, head of the Supreme People's Court, has sparked controversy after warning provincial judges never to fall into the ‘trap’ of embracing erroneous Western ideas such as judicial independence. Photo: Xinhua
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Mimi Lau

Mimi Lau

Mimi Lau covers human rights, religion and civil society in China. She spent seven years in southern China as the Post's Guangzhou Correspondent before returning to Hong Kong in 2017. Today, Mimi continues to pursue stories across the country, monitoring and reporting on key political and civil issues. She has won numerous awards for her work.