property rights

Voices of July: “Henan Banks, Return Our Savings!”

“Voices of July” continues CDT’s monthly “Voices of …” collection of viral and censored audio-visual content from all over China. Inspired by the original audio-visual compilation “Voices of April,” which was the target of...

Housing Demolition in 2010: A Report (Part 1)

China Geeks has translated part of an introduction to a 30,000 character report about housing demolition in 2010. Chinese media has been banned from writing about the report: In our analysis of 2010′s demolition events and...

Fighting Eviction: The Videogame

A new videogame pits feisty “nailhouse” owners, or property owners who refuse to be forcibly evicted, against property developers. From the Wall Street Journal blog: Nail Household vs. Demolition Team, released by...

Disappearing Shanghai: The Roots of an Urban Tragedy, Pt. I

Shanghai Scrap has interviewed Amy L. Sommers, an American lawyer who tried to buy a pre-War home in Shanghai and became intimately familiar with the legal complexities of ownership claims on old buildings there. She later wrote...

Eight Held After China Mine Clash

From AFP: POLICE in northern China have detained eight people suspected of instigating a violent clash between scores of miners and villagers over ownership of a coal mine, state media said on Tuesday. Dozens were injured in the...

Loss of Homes Threatens Social Stability in China

The possibility for social unrest in China could arise as a result of the conflict between the state’s property prerogatives and citizens’ housing interests. From Stephanie Ho of Voice of America News:...

In China, Leaders Turn Focus to Farmers’ Plight

Chinese leaders have turned their attention to the social imbalances that face China’s 730 million farmers. Land reform measures and rural property rights form the core of the discussion. Andrew Batson of Wall Street...

China’s Farmers Protest A Key Mao Tenet – Peter Ford

From The Christian Science Monitor: The snowy, fogbound fields around this village in central China do not look like a battlefield. But in recent weeks they have become a flash point in a spreading peasants’ revolt against one of the key aspects of Communist Party rule: state ownership of farmland. “My ancestors bought this land” […]



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