A ground-level look at obstacles to village ‘self-rule’ in Tianjin

This little report doesn’t break any new ground; the events related here sounds like all the other scenarios I’ve read. It’s a snapshot of how hard it is to make actual change to the system in China… of how things ‘work’ in China: “But that is only the law,” cautions Yawei Liu, head of the China Program at Atlanta’s Carter Center, which has worked with the Chinese authorities to strengthen village self-rule.

“Once you move into the real world it is very difficult to enforce,” he adds.”

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