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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...

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