Two Republics – Part 3/4

September 23, 2010

In Part 2, we learned what being a Republic means, which proved that for decades, China has been a Republic.

The Constitution of the People’s Republic of China was adopted on December 4, 1982 and has been amended four times.

The first Amendment to China’s Constitution was approved on April 12, 1988. The second was approved on March 29, 1993. The third was approved on March 15, 1999, and the fourth on March 14, 2004. Source: People

In comparison, The First Amendment to the United States Constitution was The Bill of Rights (Amendments 1 to 10), and it was ratified by three-fourths of the States on December 15, 1791.

In fact, there have been over 10,000 constitutional amendments introduced in Congress since 1789.

However, only twenty-six have been approved.

The Eleventh Amendment was approved in 1795.

The last Amendment, which limits congressional pay raises, was approved in 1992. Source:

It took the United States more than two centuries to amend the Constitution of the United States to the rule of law that guides America today.  China has only had a Constitution for twenty-eight years between 1982 and 2010.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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