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China is also going to the polls. But you’d barely know it.

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very five years, millions of Chinese citizens vote in local elections for “People’s Congresses,” the government’s experiment with grassroots democracy. But the elections are not free and fair, as candidates not registered as Communist Party members often face police harassment or forcible blocking from authorities. “Some people think I am a troublemaker… But I am not afraid. I have the right to participate in this election. I didn’t do anything illegal,” said a woman who tried — unsuccessfully — to put her name forward as an independent candidate for one of the 2.5 million seats available.
6 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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