local elections

Forced Silence Amplifies Li Chengpeng’s Voice

At The Economist’s Analects blog, Sascha Matuszak profiles liberal writer and microblogger Li Chengpeng, from his exposure of corruption in Chinese soccer to his recent book tour dogged by enforced silence and political...

Money in Politics, at Top and Bottom

Evan Osnos examines the role of bribery in elections for some of China’s more potentially lucrative local positions, and its implications for the health of these democratic experiments. From The New Yorker: For Yang...

Chinese Election Day: The Polling Station

The Diplomat’s Mu Chunshan paid a visit to a Beijing polling station this week for a Municipal People’s Congress election and, as a registered voter, witnessed China’s democratic process first-hand: An elderly...

Shanghai Man Killed by Voter Intimidation Gang

Shanghaiist reports a clash between police and mourners at the funeral of a man killed while defending his sister—or who, according to a police account, “died suddenly when arguing with others.” Hang...

China Moves to Stop Grass-Roots Candidacies (Updated)

The Chinese government, through its official media, has put limits on moves by activists and others who have declared their independent candidacies for local elections, though it may not yet signal an end to the movement. From...

RFA: (Some) Chinese get to vote

From Radio Free Asia, via Asia Times: In a grass-roots exercise in democracy, about 18 cities, provinces and districts throughout China are gearing up for elections to change their village chiefs. There is no room for the brother of a former Tiananmen democracy activist, though.



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