6 To vote or not to vote in villageelections

Village democracy or village self-government (cunmin zizhi) has been a much talked-about subject both inside and outside China since the 1980s. It is one of a handful of topics that the Chinese government is eager to publicize and the Western media and academia are interested to investigate. The Chinese government, often through the Ministry of Civil Affairs, has organized and allowed foreign journalists, social scientists, dignitaries, diplomats and political, academic, and social organizations (such as the US International Republican Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Carter Center, and the National Committee on US–China Relations) to go to Chinese rural areas to observe village self-government ...

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