Our unfamiliarity with Chinese legal institutions and policies toward law causes misunderstanding of the role of law in the People's Republic of China. The present unimportance of the formal legal system has deep historical reasons. As China's economy becomes more complex, regularity should increase, although it will remain controversial. In commercial contracts with the West, custom performs the role of law.
Stanley B. Lubman,
On Understanding Chinese Law and Legal Institutions,
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/chinese_legal_studies/5