private property

China’s “Great Global Thinkers” for 2012

As the season of lists gets underway, Foreign Policy has released its ranking of the 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2012. Fresh from his coronation as GQ magazine’s Rebel of the Year, and leading the Chinese contingent at...

Counter-Revolution in the Car Park – The Economist

The Economist reports on another issue that has emerged, in addition to excessive tolls, as Chinese citizens take to the road: Car owners the world over fret about parking, but in China the competition for spaces can be especially fierce. Within just a few years urban China has undergone a transformation. Streets that teemed once […]

China Has Come Full Circle – Bao Tong

RFA Mandarin service broadcast an essay by Bao Tong on Friday about the new property law, and has now posted a translation on RFA Unplugged: The Property Law of the People’s Republic of China was passed by a majority of 97% in the National People’s Congress. What does this mean? It means the final bankruptcy […]

Socialist China Passes Private Property Law – NewsHour

From PBS: China’s National People’s Congress officially passed a landmark law that strengthens private property rights, despite opposition from left-wing intellectuals who claim it will accelerate the gap between the rich and poor. The law — passed on the closing day of the NPC’s annual session — intends to safeguard the assets of China’s growing […]

China’s Proposed Private Property Law is Closer to Approval – AP

From AP, via the International Herald Tribune: Long-debated legislation to protect private property in China is a step closer to being passed after the country’s top legislative panel reviewed the latest draft and deemed it ripe for approval, state media reported. The head of the national legislature, Wu Bangguo, and a panel of senior lawmakers […]

Property law should equally protect public, private property: Chinese lawmaker – Xinhua

From Xinhua, via People’s Daily Online: A senior Chinese lawmaker said Tuesday in Beijing that China’s property law should reflect China’s basic economic system and also the principle of equal protection of state, collective and private property. Hu Kangsheng, vice-chairman of the Law Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), made the remarks at an […]

Hu Jintao’s reform tightrope – Francesco Sisci

From Asia Times: China seems to be moving in the direction of a new property law, a need we identified in Part 1 of this report (Hu Jintao and the new China, June 28). The approval of such a law has been postponed for almost two years because of strong opposition and the great difficulty […]

Down On the Farm – Melinda Liu and Jonathan Ansfield

From Newsweek International (link): The minutes of the March 4 meeting“ostensibly convened by Communist Party policy advisers to discuss economic reforms and rural poverty”were supposed to be secret. But last month they leaked out on the Web, and ideological sparks have been flying ever since. What started out as a discussion by officials, economists and […]

China delays property law amid rights dispute – Mure Dickie

From the Financial Times (link): China is revising a draft Property Law after delaying passage of the long-awaited legislation because of fierce ideological debate among officials and academics over its balancing of state and private rights. The dispute over the Property Law highlights political sensitivities that continue to surround Communist-ruled China’s embrace of the market […]

Chinese Anti-Government Organizer Faces Prison – Philip P. Pan

From the Washington Post: A businessman who led thousands of investors in a campaign against the government seizure of valuable oil fields in northern China was convicted of organizing illegal protests and sentenced to three years in prison Thursday, relatives said. The ruling against Feng Bingxian, 59, was the culmination of a prolonged and closely […]

Chinese police arrest property rights activist – Philip P. Pan

From the Washington Post, via the San Francisco Chronicle: Police in China’s northern Shaanxi province have arrested one of the nation’s leading advocates of private property rights, after officials posed as journalists and forged an e-mail from a prominent Hong Kong reporter to lure him out of hiding, friends and relatives said. The arrest is […]

Communist China’s branding problem – Andres Martinez

From Newsday: China increasingly faces a huge branding problem as it takes its place in the world economy. The nation’s private sector accounts for more than half its economic output; the value of its currency is now allowed to float in reaction to market forces; foreign investment is welcome; and last year China amended its […]

Law on Property Rights Being Drafted

Caijing magazine has reported that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress has met to begin drafting a law protecting private property. At the annual meeting in March, the NPC amended the constitution to include private property rights. According to Caijing, “The 55-page property rights draft contains 297 articles divided into 22 chapters in […]

Property law lays foundation for secure ownership

From China Daily today: “The nation’s constitutional pledge to protect private property will be translated into concrete legal terms if a draft law on real right goes through next year. The law, a basic legislation on the protection of properties, will enhance protection on the interests of every individual and corporation, according to Jiang Ping, […]

Legal experts challenge corruption charges against journalists

Several high profile legal experts, lawyers, and journalists are mounting public criticism of the corruption charges used against journalists with the Southern Metropolis News (Nanfang Dushi Bao). These critics argue that the corruption charges violate new constitutional guarantees protecting private property. Several of their appeals (in Chinese) are posted online by the Open Constitution Initiative. […]

Jailing of tabloid managers a slap in Hu’s face (SCMP)

According to today’s South China Morning Post: “A group of mainland legal and economic experts has called for a retrial of two managers of a popular Guangzhou tabloid who were jailed last month for corruption. They said the convictions by the Dongshan court were ‘a slap in the face’ for the central government’s pledge to […]

Constitution helps man fight for home (Xinhua)

April 6, 2004 “At 63, Huang Zhenyun says the newly-passed amendment to the Constitution is the key to keeping his house from being torn down — at least for a while…Huang said he held up a copy of the document as he stood at the gate of his house on the early morning of April […]

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