fǎ law; standard

Made up of [ shuǐ water radical 85, go ]

Note

The presence of 'water' and 'depart' element gives the concept of good law washing away dirt

Related characters


Using shuǐ : jiǔ (wine) hǎi (sea) mǎn (to fill) zé (pool) zhì (to rule) qiǎn (shallow) hàn (perspiration) méi (have not) qīng (clear) pào (bubble) hóng (flood) gǎng (harbor) qì (steam)

Different tone

fā (to send out) fà (hair)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 法
Stroke order for character 法, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Phrases

法国 fǎ guó France
Thu 28th Jun

Airlines pressured over Taiwan

The Chinese government is ramping up pressure for all nations to consider the island of Taiwan as a province of China. Under the ‘One China’ policy countries have for many years acknowledged the People’s Republic as the only ‘China’. Previously Taiwan was often referred to as ‘Republic of China’ due to the outcome of the Civil war ending in 1949. Now the government is insisting that Taiwan is listed as ‘China - Taiwan’ or ‘China - Taiwan region’ not as if a separate nation. In addition maps of the region should show Taiwan in the same color as mainland China. If airlines do not comply they may face extra tariffs and other sanctions. It represents a toughening up of policy and one more step towards the re-unification long dreamed of in Beijing. The model of two systems for fifty years adopted successfully in Hong Kong may be a preferred solution. This web site continues to treat Taiwan as a separately governed entity to reflect its current status. Should President Trump choose to strongly back Taiwan - as America has done since 1949 - we are all in for interesting times.

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Fri 1st Jun

Water pollution - some progress

The rapid industrial development in the last 30 years has been very bad news for China's rivers. In a new survey 22.1% of all water samples were considered unfit for human contact. This is an overall improvement of a few percent over previous years but in some areas there has been no improvement. Competitive advantage is blamed for some of the pollution, if a company spends extra money to clean up its effluent then its competitors who are not so fussy will gain the advantage. China has always been subject to flood and drought and is concerned that the extra requirements for intensive agriculture and industry will lead to severe shortages.

An example of how work can be done to bring back high water quality is the popular tourist spot of West Lake, Hangzhou. Treatment plants have been added that filter out contaminants and relocating over 7,000 people.


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