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Making Rural China Urban

China researcher Mi Shih offers her insight on the new approach to rural development launched by the new regime in 2012, called chengzhenhua, or literally “city- and town-ification”. From The China Story: Chinese...

Chinese Farmers Fight Back Against State Controls

So far at the 18th Party Congress, observers have found few signs that point to substantial political reforms under the new leadership. But while Chinese political insiders debate the merits of reforming the system from the top,...

The Secret Document That Transformed China

NPR revisits the village of Xiaogang, which, at the height of Maoism in China, wrote up a secret contract which allowed farmers to keep a portion of the crops they grew. Now, 34 years later, Xiaogang is widely known as the...

China’s Little Che Pushes Rural Reform

From Economic Observer Online: Ma Yonghong, 25, exudes a shrewdness and maturity inconsistent with his age. Scarred by two unsuccessful attempts to shake up local politics in his mountain hometown in Shaanxi, he still harbored...

The Fat Lady Sings in China’s Opera of Reform

In the Times, Rosemary Righter writes about the recent reforms in land ownership and puts them in the context of the recent economic slowdown: The communist leadership has been tiptoeing towards more enlightened policies for...

Video Series : White Horse Village – Carrie Gracie

“If they force us out of our homes, we’ll beat them up. Like peasant rebels in history, there’s nothing else we can do. With sticks and bars, we’ll lock them in the house and beat them to death. Then...

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