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The China Democracy Party (CDP), which made waves two years ago, has now been effectively crushed, writes Jan van der Made . This article examines the genesis, the suppression and the fall of the CDP.
Experiments in governance Many claims are made about the potential impact on China’s democratization of the election of village committees there. Cynics assert that these elections are nothing but show. Anne F. Thurston looks at the reality on the ground, including how village committees fit into...
The village committee, first introduced shortly after the communes began collapsing in the late 1970s, is only one of several organizations governing political life at the village level. The village assembly, the village representative assembly and the local branch of the Chinese Communist Party (...

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