Battle Continues Against Henan’s Tomb Razers

Global Times’ Liang Chen revisits the “seesaw battle” over grave demolitions in Henan, which began last year with a heavy-handed campaign of land reclamation. Locals suspected that this was to make way for...

Heavy Metals Pollute 10% of China's Farmland

A tenth of China’s farmland is seriously tainted by heavy metals, according to a senior government expert. From Reuters: Wan Bentai, the chief engineer for China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, said a survey...

Dangerous Elements: Heavy Metal Pollution in China

Paul Mooney reports for the South China Morning Post on heavy metal contamination from industries such as e-waste recycling and textile manufacture. The pollution can devastate health and agricultural livelihoods, but those...

China’s Critical Disconnect

At China Real Time Report, Stanley Lubman examines the “critical disconnect” between China’s national and local governments, its historical roots, and its consequences in areas from food safety to intellectual...

China’s Tough Choice: Food or Concrete

The desire to stimulate China’s economy has forced the Chinese government to choose between preserving land or preserving economic growth.  From the Asia Times: When a leading mainland economist suggested recently that...

Protection of Farmland Use Rights Overestimated

From Caijing Online: According to an independent investigation, only 59 percent of Chinese villagers received contracts or certificates for land use-rights. This contrasts sharply with the 90 percent figure given by the Ministry...

United Nation Says Rural Land Reform Urgently Needed in China – xinhua

From xinhua via People’s Daily Online: China urgently needs a new rural land ownership mechanism to guarantee farmers’ legal rights and security, according to a UN-China project inked in Beijing on Dec. 20. Jointly launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Chinese government, the four-year project aims to revitalize rural China by […]



Subscribe to CDT


Google Ads 1

Giving Assistant

Google Ads 2

Anti-censorship Tools

Life Without Walls

Click on the image to download Firefly for circumvention

Open popup

Welcome back!

CDT is a non-profit media site, and we need your support. Your contribution will help us provide more translations, breaking news, and other content you love.