Briefs, November 29, 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 4:41am

Tighter laws vowed on takeover of farmland

The State Council vowed yesterday to tighten laws on the expropriation of farmland, warning that the problem risked fuelling rural unrest and undermined food security. The State Council meeting passed a draft law amendment altering rules on how to compensate farmers whose "collectively owned" land is expropriated, the news agency said, without providing details. Reuters


Taiwan visits for 6-city workers and students

Beijing said yesterday residents who are not from the six major mainland cities but study or work there are also eligible to apply for an individual visit to Taiwan. Yang Yi, spokesman for the mainland State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, said the six cities are Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Lawrence Chung


Graft probe into former Jieyang party chief

Chen Hongping, the former party chief of Jieyang city in Guangdong who retired in October last year, has been put under investigation on suspicion of severe violation of party discipline, Xinhua has reported. Choi Chi-yuk


Mainland may review its one-child policy

The mainland is considering changes to its one-child policy, a former family planning official said, in the face of a rapidly ageing society. Proposed changes would allow for urban couples to have a second child, even if one of the parents is not an only child. Reuters