China’s homeowners get small taste of democracy – Calum MacLeod

From USA Today (link):

A seat on the Gold Land Green Town homeowners association offers a chance to weigh in on fees for utilities and garbage pickup, to schedule yoga classes and to set rules for use of the plush clubhouse.

Rarest of all, it offers a chance to be a democrat in China.

Democracy is tentatively infiltrating China, through the capital’s upscale new town house, villa and apartment complexes. These are unlikely laboratories for a party experiment in democracy, but they are just that, says Shu Kexin, who has secured quiet party blessing to set up elected homeowners groups at scores of new housing developments here.


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