Could a village in mainland China be more democratic than Hong Kong? With Wukan’s village elections recently complete and Hong Kong’s controversial election for Chief Executive on the way, iSun Affairs (阳光时务) has created a compelling pictorial suggesting the answer is “yes.” iSunAffairs.com [Chinese] describes itself as a magazine that covers economy, politics and culture in greater China from an independent perspective. Tea Leaf Nation has translated it into English.
Dear readers, what do you think? Is this pictorial compelling proof that Hong Kong just ain’t as democratic as a Chinese village (assuming the election there is free and fair)? Or does it fail to look beyond the numbers into the complex dynamics that make a place truly “democratic” or “free”?