Land Scheme Discovery Chills Harbin – Yu Nin, Duan Hongqing and Chen Zhongxiaolu

69639512_8be6e31f0f_m.jpgCaijing Magazine carries a detailed report on one of the biggest scandals to emerge from the Chinese government’s year-long investigation into land distribution abuses–and it’s a whopper:

A report released by the National Audit Office (NAO) and submitted in December to the , ’s cabinet, cited [Harbin land resource] officials for illegally issuing fake land-use certificates to developers for a huge area of some 144 square kilometers. The charges which also involve multibillion- loan between four enterprises and several banks has seriously damaged the reputation of the government.

The cold wind blew through Harbin as the central government in Beijing tightened macroeconomic land-use regulations — and local officials defied the orders. [Full Text]

Also see Caijing’s summary of new land-use regulations emerging from the investigation as well as an editorial from China Newsweek (translated by CDT) naming land reform as the top priority for the Chinese government over the next few years.

[Image: underway in Harbin, by Ginger Tea via Flickr]

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