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Why China's Experiment in Direct Democracy Is Flawed

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  • Wukan erupts in new protests five years after historic vote
  • ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same’

Five years ago Wednesday, the tiny fishing enclave of Wukan drew international attention after villagers rose up in a land dispute, eventually securing a landmark local election in China. It has since become a cautionary tale for the nation’s democratic reformers.

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