Business, Politics Merge in Chinese Villages – Louisa Lim

From NPR’s Morning Edition:

The village of Xiacheng in Zhejiang province is part of a tiny revolution, which could slowly change the way China is governed. All villages in China now elect their own leaders. And in Zhejiang province, where many households run factories in their front rooms, they’re choosing businessmen like Wu Houhui.

“In the past, it was glorious to be poor, it was revolutionary,” Wu says. “Then, the Communist Party trusted poor people. Now, since economic reforms began, it’s different.” [Listen to the report]

The report is part of a series, “China’s Economic Challenges.

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