China not to ease control of land use – Xinhua

From Xinhua:

China will continue to tighten its control over with local governments being urged to make sure they do not build on any more land next year than they did this year.

The Ministry of Land and Resources laid down in a recent circular that local governments must not approve more land for construction in 2007 than they did in 2006.

“The principle is to strengthen macro-economic control and use land resources economically,” it said, adding that localities must make use of land “scientifically and rationally” to protect farm land and land for other agricultural purposes. [Full text]

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