Dozens hurt as police, farmers clash in China – Benjamin Kang Lim

From About 2,000 disgruntled farmers have clashed with hundreds of policemen in China’s northern region of Inner Mongolia in a land dispute that injured dozens with one government official calling the situation “anarchy.” The July 21 clash in Qianjin village, a part of Tongliao city about 450 miles northeast of Beijing, was one of […]

AP: Farmers win right for Beijing appeal over land seizures

From AP, via the Taipei Times: Millions of farmers lose their land annually as local officials approve redevelopment projects. Growing protests have authorities worried A Chinese court has ruled that the central government should consider an appeal by a group of farmers in east China against the seizure of their land for redevelopment, state media […]

Elaine Kurtenbach: China Says More Support Needed for Farmers

From Ap, via Yahoo! News: China has more than enough grain reserves to cover its immediate needs, but farmers need more help if the country is to ensure future food supplies, officials said Sunday. The communist government has long viewed food self-sufficiency as a matter of national security and worries about feeding its population of […]

People’s Daily: China to exempt all agricultural taxes in 2006, premier

From People’s Daily Online: China will exempt agricultural tax for its farmers across the country in 2006, two years ahead of schedule, Premier Wen Jiabao announced Saturday in his annual government work report to the country’s top legislature. “The agricultural tax will be exempted throughout the country next year, which means what had been targeted […]

Joe McDonald: China Promises Farmers Higher Subsidies

From AP Wire : China is promising farmers lower taxes and higher subsidies in its latest effort to raise rural incomes and ease burdens that have sparked violent protests. The new policy, announced this week by state media, aims to help spread prosperity to China’s countryside, most of whose 800 million people have been left […]

People’s Daily: Central authorities’ policies set to further reinforce rural work, raise overall agricultural production capacity

From the People’s Daily Online: Chinese central authorities publicize on Monday a set of ideas set forth by the Communist Party of China (CPC) central Committee and the State Council, or the central government, on further strengthening the work in rural areas and raise overall agricultural production capacity. The ideas adopted by the CPC Central […]

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