Caijing Reviews Efforts to Ease Social Unrest Through New Land Policies (in English)

November 22, 2004

In an article on its English-language Web site, Caijing reviews continuing problems in China's land management system and the State Council's effort to address them through a recent circular (for a review of the circular, click here). The author notes that China must "squarely face" the key problem of how compensation in the land requisition process is calculated. It cites experts who warn that "without solving this problem, a rapidly urbanizing society will see more violent clashes between farmers, local governments, and real estate developers." The author characterizes the new State Council circular as "not a fundamental solution, but a makeshift step" that will ease tension until appropriate amendments can be made to China land laws and related regulations.