land reform

Land in China: Über Touchy

On his personal blog, Jonah Kessel writes about the making of his three-part video project ‘China’s Consuming Billion’, which accompanies the second installment of The New York Times’ latest series on China, ‘Leaving...

Hu Deping on Wukan and Land Rights

Hu Deping, son of former Communist Party General Secretary Hu Yaobang, contributed this commentary to a forum discussing the December 22 People’s Daily editorial “What Does ‘Wukan’s Turn’ Mean for Us?” The discussion was...

Fraud and Farmers: How Sino-Forest Built an Empire

When Canada’s securities watchdog suspended trading in the shares of Toronto-listed Chinese company Sino-Forest in August amid allegations that it exaggerated its land holdings and profits, it sparked a rout...

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...

Key Phrase: Fighting to Become a Peasant

Southern Metropolis Daily’s “key phrase” of the day is “fighting to become a peasant,” or 争当农民. According to news reports, the term originated when government workers of Yiwu city in Zhejiang...

John Lee: China’s Empty Land Reform

From Recently, Beijing announced new procedures to “give an effective guarantee” to rural citizens that their land rights would be respected by “standardising” arbitration procedures. This...

Joseph Fewsmith: ‘Tackling the Land Issue—Carefully’

From the China Leadership Monitor: Thirty years after undergoing a major revolution that de-collectivized agriculture, China is facing another major change in rural life as commercial agriculture spreads and as peasants migrate...

Chinese Rural Reforms Free Farmers From Land

From NPR’s All Things Considered, a report brings out the different reactions that Chinese farmers have toward the recent land reform policy. In China, land issues and peasant rebellions have traditionally brought down...

The Moment

Time Magazine writes about the recent reforms in land ownership laws for China’s farmers: Three decades ago, the Party approved another set of rural reforms, liberating a billion peasants from the collectivized farming...

Approaches to Rural Reform

This article briefly traces several historical moments of land reform in China, particularly the implementation of the household contract system, the emergence of township enterprises, and the use of forestland. From Beijing...



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