land grabs

Wukan Youth: Zhang Jianxing

Land prices in China have risen steadily since the economic reforms of the late 70s and 80s, but...

Graffitist Marks Chinese Embassy for Demolition

On Wednesday, as the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue got underway in Washington D.C., the Chinese character 拆 chai was found spray-painted on the gateposts of the Chinese embassy there. The graffiti has been...

‘Wukan: After The Uprising’ Premieres On Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera English premiers a four-part documentary series, Wukan: After the Uprising, taking an in-depth look at the village’s experience of grassroots democracy following protests over illegal government land grabs in...

Are Beijing’s Expectations for Urbanization Realistic?

South China Morning Post’s Tom Holland suggests that Beijing’s faith in urbanization as an economic engine may be misplaced: Urbanisation is not just the centrepiece of new Premier Li Keqiang’s economic...

River Crab Archive: Yunnan Villagers Protest Land Grabs in May

When something disappears from the Internet in China, netizens joke that it has been “river-crabbed,” a play on the euphemism “harmonized.” The River Crab Archive is a collection of blog post titles, weibo, and other materials...

“Little Hu” Thrown into the Guangdong Fire

Mimi Lau of the South China Morning Post reports that despite his reformist credentials, new Guangdong party chief Hu Chunhua has held his cards close to the vest while navigating a series of early tests: His low-profile, opaque...

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...

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