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Qi Tonghui

The essence of “the rule of law in China” is governance based on rational choice and contractual provisions, while is rational regulation is rooted in rules, although in this context of the rule of law, it still contains “status”. In the sense of “rational regulation”, the rule of law needs contracts, but it needs more “contractual status” in the sense of “virtue identity”, and we cannot replace status by contract only in accordance with the old path of “from status to contract”. Connecting with the mode of “absolute – true status” and “relative – false status”, which is built by contract and virtue, “contractual status” can provide distinction, birthright and duty for the rule of law. Keywords: rule of law; virtues; contract; status; contractual status