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In this picture taken on November 15, 2016, a woman casts her vote at a polling station in Beijing. The nationwide contest for spots in local legislatures, held every five years, is the only direct election in the People's Republic of China. / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI / TO GO WITH 'China politics vote rights, FOCUS' by Ben Dooley (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

In this picture taken on November 15, 2016, a woman casts her vote at a polling station in Beijing. 
The nationwide contest for spots in local legislatures, held every five years, is the only direct election in the People's Republic of China.  / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI / TO GO WITH 'China politics vote rights, FOCUS' by Ben Dooley        (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)