… Emperor Fu Jian of Former Qin state (前秦的皇帝府坚) took his position extremely seriously. He looked for a capable aide and Wang Meng (王猛) was recommended to him. Before the recommendation, Wang Meng was a secluded and impoverished scholar who lived by himself in his hermitage on Mount Huayin (华阴山).

Wang Meng was invited for a meeting with Fu Jian, and the two hit it off immediately. Their views on the rise and decline of past dynasties turned out to be identical. Fu Jian was elated, comparing the experience to Liu Bei’s (刘备) good fortune in finding Zhuge Liang (诸葛亮) to advise him.

With the help of his trusted adviser Wang Meng,, Fu Jian was able to subdue powerful local interests and undertake political reform. At this time amn named Qiang De (强得) (brother of the empress dowager) often got into drunken brawls and was involved in the forcible taking of property and women from others. One of the first thing Wang Meng did upon becoming Metropolitan Governor of the capital was to arrest Qiang De. Though Fu Jian was informed of the arrest straight away, by the time he had sent a messenger with an imperial pardon, Qiang De had already been executed. In the next couples of months, more than 20 members of rich and powerful families, as well as some in the royal clan, were put to death, sentenced to prison terms or dismissed from office. The entire court was in shock and frightened would-be criminals were consequently dissuaded from action. “Now I understand how important it is to have the rule of law in the country.” Fu Jian said with admiration.

Well, Kacvey, since that ancient time, the disease has never been eradicated. In today’s China, this link tells us the ever-present corruption in spite of endless efforts to uproot it:

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/447646/ex-security-chief-arrested-in-china

And on our Western border, the situation is not better either, as told to us by this link:

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/444970/cib-chief-and-7-others-arrested-charged

(To be continued to “The nephews – Part VI”