rural reform

China’s Leaders to Meet and Discuss Reform Prospects

The depth of President Xi Jinping’s commitment to reform has come under scrutiny since he took power in March. But in recent comments on an inspection tour of Hubei, he spoke about the need for far-reaching reforms in...

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...

China Vows Stable Growth in Face of Global Turmoil

The four-day meeting of the Party’s Central Committee was aimed to thrash out policies in an effort to tackle economic instabilities. Reuters reports: “The most important thing is to handle our country’s own...

Chengdu Reform: Merging Rural And Urban –

From On August 20, a large-scale campaign involving tens of thousands of officials was launched in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. These officials, used to working in urban government agencies, were asked to move their desks to the backward rural areas for next two years. Besides their desks, they are expected to bring the villages […]

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...

Roots Of China’s Miracle – Yasheng Huang (Ȫщ∫öÁîü)

From Financial Times: In designing his economic policy programme for the next five years, President Hu Jintao is well advised to seek counsel from someone virtually unknown to those Chinese who came of age in the 1990s. He is Wan Li, 91 years old and still intellectually alert. Mr Wan was a special guest at […]

Rural China Finds Political Voice – Carrie Gracie

From BBC News: In China huge cities are springing up and city jobs are being created for more than 500 million agricultural workers who are no longer needed in the fields. One village in south west China has been designated as the new capital of remote Wuxi county. But progress has not been as smooth […]



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