By on March 28, 2010

The city of Guiyang, in China’s southern Guizhou province, decided to crack down on drivers who flaunt the law. Guiyang’s Channel Five TV thought it’s a good idea to do a Chinese COPS-type reality show, called “Rule of Law Frontline.” A cat fight of epic proportions brought the program national attention.

A few days ago, the camera crew filmed an incident in which a female driver in a car with no license plates drove down a one way road in the wrong direction. The car was stopped by police. While the cop wrote the driver op, a female reporter went up to interview the driver. The reporter asked the driver if she is giving Guiyang city a bad image. Whereupon the female driver beat the living daylight out of the reporter, cameras and police be damned. The video speaks for itself, even in Chinese.

According to Zonaeuropa (a strange name for a Chinese blog,) “the female reporter was hospitalized for concussion. She was visited by Guizhou city leaders while the female driver has been sentenced to ten days of administrative detention.”

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15 Comments on “Chinese Cat Fight: Driver Roughs Up Reporter During Traffic Stop...”

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    Crazy woman. She has been thrown into jail for ten days.

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    “A cat fight of epic proportions brought the program national attention.”

    Seriously, someone thinks that slapping and hair pulling is epic, or that the driver “beat the living daylight out of the reporter”? I’ve seen more violence than this at the annual Filene’s Basement wedding dress sale. For epic proportions, they should check out any south side Chicago club on a Saturday night.

    And personally, even I might have to act out if a reporter repeatedly pulled on me and shoved a giant microphone in my face during a traffic stop, demanding to know if I thought that I was dishonoring my community.

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      True, I have also seen a lot of violence while I was living in NYC. Ever since I lived in Beijing, I have seen none. According to generally peaceful Chinese standards, this is a cat fight of epic proportions.

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      If this behavior is scandalous by Chinese standards then I am duly impressed. I suppose that a society where large numbers of people live in a very small area would need behavioral standards that consider even a minor tussle to be unacceptable lest such discord escalate beyond control. It would seem, though, that the reporter’s intrusiveness was also a violation of those same behavior standards, and as such a provocation deserving of aggressive response.

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    To say the “video speaks for itself” may not be the exactly true whenever the subject is China and driving. Some background and commentary are helpful, especially in order to understand Chinese reaction. Chinese may view the incident as a violation of custom and, also, as a political insult from a de-facto arm of the goverment, i.e. the news media.

    The story claims that the driver, Guo Li, was traveling the wrong way down a one way road (not uncommon in China). Lu Youli, a reporter who happened to be covering the “Three Innovations, One Implementation” campaign (the Chinese like slogans)–meant to reduce traffic problems, insulted the driver: “You’re the first person since ‘the founding of the Republic’ (a reference to the Oct 1949 Communist revolution) to embarrass our city (Guiyang).” In effect, the reporter was calling the citizen “an enemy of the people.” The reporter poked Guo Li with her microphone, and in response the driver slapped Lu. At least that is how I understand it.

    Many “blog” comments begin: some believe the reporter was completely out of line; their expression of disgust is quite shocking. News media in China are not particularly respected, and often distrusted. This sort of “in your face” reporting is not appreciated by many young people, and viewed as disgraceful behavior. Some say that Lu (the reporter) must “know” high government officials, otherwise the Guiyang government would not be supporting her actions. Some believe the “50-cent army” (government paid civilian astroturfers) are posting reactions in order to influence pro-municipal government public opinion. One government official is reported to have stated. …”reporters should work harder to realize their watchdog role given (sic) by the state.”

    People in the West must also realize that the “rule of law” was, at least prior to 1976 (the death of Mao Tse-tung), simply whatever the Party decided upon, and could vary wildly from day to day, and across the country. Today, driving is one of the few “freedoms” Chinese have (politically speaking that is, and one does require a government license to drive so it is a political freedom). Finally, on a more mundane level, everything you hear about Asian women drivers is true. I know from first hand experience.

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    Car had no plates on it. You can be crawling along like Captain Slow yet if you have no plates you are in serious trouble. It’s kind of like… what do you expect lady?

    Cars need plates, it’s an old school, traditional thing really. It’s not like some horrific, life raping RFID implant… it’s just a plate on your car. Totally old school and you need those plates.

    The RFID though.. when it gets to that point.. oh yeah, you better refuse that!

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      Every Chinese ID card has a RFID in it. You can get away with driving without a plate if you apologize profusely and call the cop “brother” or “uncle” and promise never to do it again – but you better have your ID on you at all times.

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      Some bloggers speculate the car is new, and hence plates have not been issued. On the other hand, a certificate should be in the possession of the driver.

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    I suppose you don’t get the American version of the show COPS in China- may give you some perspective on how this is usually handled over here.

    (When there are cameras involved, anyway.)

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    I guess some people in China want the right to privacy, and are willing to fight for it.
    Take that mic and stick it up your *** sister!!

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    “News media in China are not particularly respected, and often distrusted.”

    Well, at least we have something in common then!

    The policeman seemed to just be focused on his task; writing a ticket or whatever. The driver should have told the police to ask the reporter and cameraman to leave. And she should have kept repeating her response until she got their attention.

    But I don’t like the press. I found myself hoping that the driver would have thrown the woman in front of traffic. Now THAT’S TELEVISION!

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    Only ten days for driving without plates, going the wrong way down a one way street, and then assaulting someone right in front of a police officer? It sounds to me like she got off pretty light.

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    Decadent yellow running dog capitalist roadist lackey of imperialistic powers.

    The plate-less driving female should be forced to re-trace the Long March while picking up trash the entire way.

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    Who knew concussion could happen so easily? Apparently, you could get a few hundred concussions in only one light sparring session!

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    The reporter hit back at the driver in the face while she was subdued by the police. Shouldn’t the reporter be sentenced as well?

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