Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

Hard les­son In China, guanxi or re­la­tions mat­ter a lot. It can help one get what seems far away, but it can also cost one dearly. Mr. Zhang from Nan­jing, East China’s Jiangsu Prov­ince, was wor­ried be­cause his child could not go to a highly re­garded pri­mary school be­cause his house is not in the school district. Zhang’s “friend,” sur­named Xu, came to his res­cue, say­ing that he was an ac­quain­tance of the pres­i­dent of the well-known pri­mary school. As long as Zhang gave 380,000 yuan ($57,000) as the com­mis­sion fee for him to me­di­ate, Xu would help Zhang’s son se­cure a place in the school. The wish­ful fa­ther did it right away. How­ever, it turned out that Xu was a fraud who took the money to pay back his debts. Par­ents’ con­cern for the fu­ture of their chil­dren is un­der­stand­able, but they should think twice when they re­sort to ab­nor­mal means in the name of “love” for their chil­dren.

Il­lus­tra­tions: Peter C. Espina/GT

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