Property Reform Ignores Chinese Farmers – Richard McGregor

From Financial Times:

For the farmers of Guanyun country, in Jiangsu province north of Shanghai, the pioneering that began its passage through China’s top lawmaking body this week holds little promise of salvation.

Lu Zenghua, one of the farmers who claims his land was appropriated with no proper approval and little compensation for a road and development zone, said a relative who complained was put under house arrest.

“We put our case to various levels of governments, but they forwarded our letters to the county administration, which had seized our land in the first place. A new law out of Beijing will not influence local officials. Without strong en¬≠force¬≠ment, our problem will remain unsolved,” he said.[Full Text]

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