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Chinese Developers Wary at Land Auctions

As criticism of land grabs and forced demolitions continues, the Wall Street Journal reports that despite signs of a rebound in the property market, Chinese developers are skittish at land auctions: A number of cities, including...

Wu Si on Wukan and Civil Rights

Wu Si, Chief Editor of the journal Yanhuang Chunqiu (炎黄春秋), contributed his thoughts to an online forum discussing the December 22 People’s Daily editorial “What Does ‘Wukan’s Turn’ Mean for...

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...

Police Fire on Protesting Farmers in Yunnan

In the wake of Tibetan unrest, farmers from the Miao (or Hmong) ethnic minority group clashed with riot police over land they claim was illegally seized by a mining company leaving two dead, according to China Worker...

China cracks down on land sale corruption – Richard McGregor

From the Financial Times: The Chinese government has issued a flurry of headline-grabbing edicts over recent weeks to quell popular unrest about spiralling home prices, directing banks to rein in loans and developers to build more low-cost housing. But with much less fanfare, the authorities have been conducting another campaign which may be equally essential […]

Down on the Farm, by the Golf Course and Subdivisions – Jim Yardley

From the New York Times: All across China, the fall harvest has ended. But unlike the activity in the country’s vast agricultural regions, where the harvest shapes daily life, the tumult of daily life here in Beijing is reshaping what remains of the harvest. Beijing, after all, is a city of 15 million to 17 […]

China frees lawyer jailed for oil well protest role – Mure Dickie

From the Financial Times: A lawyer detained for nearly four months because of his role in a landmark attempt to sue authorities in China’s northern province of Shaanxi has been released and returned to Beijing on Tuesday. The detention of Zhu Jiuhu, a lawyer retained by Shaanxi private oil well investors who say the government […]

China faces growing land disputes – Daniel Griffiths

From the BBC: The battle of Shengyou village has come to highlight one of China’s sharpest social issues – the Communist Party’s complete control of land allocation. More than 66 million Chinese farmers have lost their land in the past 10 years. It is a land grab which has fattened the wallets of government officials […]

Chinese villagers seize party chief – Jonathan Watts

From the Guardian: More than 1,000 villagers in inner Mongolia took the local communist party chief hostage yesterday in the latest land dispute to rock the Chinese countryside. Amid signs of division in the government about how to handle rural unrest, the residents of Qianjin village have driven off hundreds of armed police and blocked […]

Dozens injured as police, farmers clash in China – Reuters

From Reuters: More than 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, sources said on Wednesday. The July 21 clash in Qianjin village, a part of Tongliao city about 725 km (450 miles) northeast of Beijing, was one of a […]

Economist: Turning ploughshares into staves

From the Economist: A bloody clash this month between peasants and hundreds of armed thugs sent by developers to seize their land has thrown a harsh light on one of the most controversial questions posed by China’s economic development. Who owns the farmland, and what rights do peasants have if it is requisitioned? This topic […]

Lindsay Beck: China farmers rally over Olympics land dispute

From Reuters, via KNEB: Hundreds of Chinese farmers protested in a Beijing suburb on Thursday after being forced from their land to make way for an Olympic stadium, the latest in a wave of disputes over property rights. Makeshift signs reading “Support the Olympics, resettle the farmers who have lost their land!” were strung up […]

Shengyou Attack (UPDATED)

The Washington Post posted a video clip of the Shengyou attack. (registration required). Editor’s Note: This video contains violent content. washingtonpost.com presents the original, unedited version as it was received. A farmer in Shengyou, China, videotaped hundreds of armed men attacking a group of local farmers. According to witness accounts, the group was resisting government […]

Michael Mackey: Bricks, golf and art for China’s new rich

From Asia Times: China is a country where land is at a premium, even more so in the fastest-growing coastal areas. So having a home built on a land area of between three and five hundred square meters in a landscaped compound with lakes, ponds and 24 hour security, is proof of serious money. But […]

The Great Chinese Land Grab is on

Asia Times has published an investigation into land misappropriation, which is quickly contributing to the destruction of arable land while robbing farmers of their crops. According to the article: “Over the past seven years, China has lost 66,670 square kilometers in arable land, according to the Ministry of Land Resources, an estimate that many experts […]

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