Legal Matters

Anyone under the age of 18 is considered a minor in China, and the minimum driving age is also 18. The age of consent for marriage is 22 years for men and 20 years for women. There is no minimum age restricting the consumption of cigarettes or alcohol.

China's laws against the use of illegal drugs are harsh, and foreign nationals have been executed for drug offences (trafficking in more than 50g of heroin can result in the death penalty).

The Chinese criminal justice system does not ensure a fair trial, and defendants are not presumed innocent until proven guilty. Note that China conducts more judicial executions than the rest of the world combined. If arrested, most foreign citizens have the right to contact their embassy.

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