From China Daily:
Illegal land acquisition is posing a grave threat to the country’s diminishing arable land, a senior land official warned Monday. Improper land use also hurts farmers’ interests and threatens social stability, Gan Zangchun, deputy State land inspector-general of the Ministry of Land and Resources, said.
“Violations of land laws and regulations have cropped up recently in some areas,” he told a press conference organized by the State Council Information Office. Among the serious problems are relentless unauthorized expansion of construction land, especially by local governments illegally leasing land instead of requisitioning it; and the use of farmland for non-agricultural construction….[Full Text]