Author: Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach lives in Berkeley, California. She previously served as senior research associate for Asia at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization. She received her master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her writing about China has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, The Nation magazine, and other publications.
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Independent Candidate Yu Nan: "China Is Most in Need of Transparency Now" (Updated)

In recent months, citizens have taken to social media to declare their independent candidacies for local election. As a result of the recent government clampdown on these candidates, none were elected as a district level representative in Guangzhou; most were unable even to make it to the very first step of the election–being officially registered as a preliminary candidate.

September 12, 2011 10:57 PM

China Sees Surge of Independent Candidates

The Washington Post reports on the group of people who are using social media to launch independent campaigns for local office: The local congresses — the lowest rung in China’s government structure, equivalent to neighborhood commissions — are relatively powerless bodies in the complex system that the party maintains as a formal display of grass-roots participation.

September 12, 2011 9:54 PM

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