Chinese Grassroots Democracy and What it Means for China's Future
Dr Kerry Brown, Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Jonathan Fenby, Head of China Research, Trusted Sources
The speaker will explain how, in the last 20 years, China has undertaken one of the world's largest experiments in grassroots democracy. Across over half a million villages in China almost one million elections have taken place since 1988, with over three million officials elected. Chinese farmers still account for half of the Chinese population and a quarter of its economic output. With villages remaining restive, what does this mean for the future of the country as a whole - and what clues do these elections give to China's own possible democratic future?