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Democracy in Village China

Liu Feng, PRC Ministry of Civil Affairs, speaks at USC on China's local elections and transformation of political landscape.

November 13, 2006 12:00am

Nov. 13, 2006, 12:30 - 2 pm
USC Social Sciences (SOS) B-40

co-sponsored with the USC Center for International Studies and the USC East Asian Studies Center

Beginning in the late 1980s, local elections have transformed China’s political landscape. Though these elections engage hundreds of millions of people, they remain largely unknown to those outside China. What is behind these elections? How are they conducted? How might the current round (the 6th) of village elections affect China's political future?

Mr. Liu is Deputy Chief of the Rural Section in the Ministry of Civil Affairs’ Department of Basic-level Governance and Community Development. He is a member of a delegation from the Ministry which includes national, provincial, and local level officials. The delegation came to the U.S. at the invitation of the Carter Center and has been observing the American mid-term elections.