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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...

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...

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...

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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