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Independent Chinese citizens running for local office find themselves detained and their social media accounts deleted, as preordained candidates win elections

lection committees have tight control over which candidates are finally approved to run for office, yet a "restrained optimism" has taken hold as independent candidates continue to win seats occasionally at local levels.
12 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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