BBC stopped from visiting China independent candidate
17 November 2016 Last updated at 00:18 GMT
While the world continues to digest the result of the US election, China is holding its own nationwide ballot - one of the biggest anywhere.
By early next year, up to 900 million people will have voted in China's district elections.
But while the Communist Party has been highly critical of what it sees as the "farce" of American democracy, it's not so keen on scrutiny of its own system, as the BBC's John Sudworth found out.