local politics

‘Wukan: After The Uprising’ Premieres On Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera English premiers a four-part documentary series, Wukan: After the Uprising, taking an in-depth look at the village’s experience of grassroots democracy following protests over illegal government land grabs in...

Shine Has Worn Off Wukan’s Early Triumphs

While a disputed land sale has sparked protests and demands for democracy in the Guangdong village of Shangpu, Reuters reports that “spring is over” in the nearby village of Wukan, which made headlines last year for...

Wukan Democracy Leaves Village Divided

After months of demonstrations over land-grabs in Guangdong province’s Wukan village in late 2011 garnered popular support in China and worldwide, high-ranking authorities compromised, caving to protest leaders’...

China to Clean Up Billions Worth of Local Debt

Beijing is to take on some 2-3 trillion yuan of local government debts according to Reuters, hoping to stave off a wave of destabilising defaults in the future. As part of Beijing’s overhaul of the finances of...

Unstated Rules for Appointing Officials in the Government

What are the unstated rules for appointing officials in the government? The following blog entry has been posted and reposted in over four hundred Chinese BBS and blogs, such as this one. Excerpts translated by CDT: Government...

Local Govts To Be Rewarded For Streamlining

From Xinhua, via the China Daily: (h/t World-China Bridges blog) China’s county and local governments would be rewarded for streamlining administrative structures, cutting personnel and ensuring expenditures on key...

The County Mayor Netizen Without Any Sock Puppets - You Shanshan (由珊珊)

From The Southern Weekend (in Chinese), translated by EastSouthWestNorth (link): “Hello to everybody! I am Fu Rong, the county mayor of the People’s Government of Lingao county.” The county mayor of Lingao county, Hainan province, used this as the introduction in his headlong plunge into an Internet forum. It is nothing new that government officials […]

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