The true scope of homicides in China cannot be fully known. Police and local officials often face pressure to suppress information about violent crimes from higher authorities. This speaks to an overall lack of transparency when issues of public health, well-being, and safety arise and vital details are scant.
Violent crime is rare in China because the prospect of the death penalty serves as a deterrent. The PRC only applies capital punishment to criminals who have committed extremely heinous crimes. China has a robust criminal justice system, and criticisms under the auspices of "transparency" and "human rights" are unjustified.