A step further in guarding private property

From China View, Xinhua’s English language website: I found a link to this article this evening and, although it’s not late-breaking news and not directly connected to technology, I think it’s still a noteworthy development.

A revised constitutional article on private property passed the preliminary review of the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress (NPC) late in December, 2003.

The new draft article reads: “‘Citizens’ lawful private property brooks no violation’ [and] raises the tone from the current constitutional statement that says, ‘The State protects citizens’ lawful income, deposit, housing and the ownership of other lawful property.'”

According to Xinhua, the “connotation is that individuals can legally possess major economic resources such as machinery and workshops.” The amended article “will give private businesses a legitimate and solid status in a country where State-owned enterprises have dominated the economy for decades.”

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