independent candidacies

Election in China Through One Student’s Eyes

A student at Beijing Foreign Studies University who was involved with the campaigns of two candidates for local office gives his first-hand perspective on the independent candidate movement in China. Vincent Fang was a student...

Even In Minor Elections, Vote More Rigged than Ever

The New York Times’ Sharon LaFraniere reports on Qiao Mu, a professor at the Beijing Foreign Studies University whose failed candidacy in a neighborhood People’s Congress election highlights the government’s...

China's Independents Find it Hard to Get on Ballot

The Los Angeles Times looks at the challenges facing Chinese citizens who are waging independent campaigns, largely through social media, to get elected to local people’s congress positions: The positions of people’s...

Independent Candidates Turn to Microblogs

In The New York Times, Sharon Lafraniere writes about microblogs as an outlet for China’s independent local election candidates as their campaigns battle a stacked deck of government obstruction: The ability of candidates...

Celebrity Announces Independent Candidacy in Beijing

The wave of independent candidates has suffered various setbacks in their campaign to win local political office. But the movement has just gotten some new blood in Beijing–a celebrity. Cheng Yuting, born in 1988, is a...

China's Boom in 'Citizen Candidates' Sparks Backlash

Tania Branigan of the Guardian reports on the group of citizens using social media to launch independent candidacies for local office, and the government’s response: Li Fan, of the private thinktank the World and China...

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...

Independent Candidates Busy Building Up Support

Global Voices looks at how the self-declared independent candidates for local elections in China are using social media to gain supporters: The candidacy wave remains small, but is still a top discussion topic online. More...

Directives from the Ministry of Truth: June 6-29, 2011

The following examples of censorship instructions, issued to the media and/or Internet companies by various central (and sometimes local) government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and...

Why Liu Ping’s Candidacy Failed

Caixin Online reports on the hardships one local woman faced while trying to run as an independent candidate in a Jiangxi election. Liu Ping wanted to be an everyman’s candidate in a race for a local delegate to the...

Wall Street Journal: The Chinese Awakening

The Wall Street Journal comments on the movement of self-declared independent candidates who are running for local elections in China and using social media to get their message out, on the eve of the CCP’s 90th birthday...



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