Land Reform

Report points to local opposition to Beijing’s land reform efforts

Policy makers and developers have eyed rural land as the answer to China’s exploding urbanisation needs. Photo: Reuters

The Communist Party is unlikely to introduce breakthrough land reform measures at a key party conference in November which would make more rural land available to feed China’s voracious urbanisation needs, according to a report by China Real Estate News.

Tuesday, 17 September, 2013, 3:07pm

Without land reform, China cannot meet its policy goal of urbanisation

Photo: Reuters

The deaths of three farmers in Henan , Hubei and Sichuan - killed separately while protesting against the requisition of their land - have made the central government sit up. On May 13, the Ministry of Land and Resources warned officials to enforce the rule against illegal land grabs.

30 May 2013 - 2:56am 3 comments

Wen Jiabao unlikely to fulfil land pledge to farmers

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Wen Jiabao is unlikely to fulfil his promise to introduce regulations to raise farmers' share of profits from land sales before his term ends in March after the National People's Congress Standing Committee failed to vote on a draft amendment to the Land Administration Law on Friday.

1 Jan 2013 - 5:15am

Country strife

Between 1981 and 2005, the mainland experienced the biggest reduction in poverty seen anywhere on the planet in the past 100 years, as the proportion of those living on under US$1.25 a day plummeted from 84 per cent to 16 per cent. The great bulk of this occurred in the countryside, where 52 per cent of China's population live even today.

24 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Nearly half of farmers can't prove land rights

Sino-US study reveals rural reform hurdle

Nearly half of the mainland's farmers have no legal documents to prove their land rights, a Sino-US joint study has found, revealing what could be a major hurdle to Beijing's ambitious rural land reform.

12 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Congress blocks Philippine land reform initiative

Congress has passed a resolution allowing powerful political families - among them that of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo - to retain vast tracts of land that were intended to be given to poor and landless farmers.

19 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

A daring experiment that reaped rewards

Wang Yuzhao , 82, witnessed first hand the daring experiment by Xiaogang villagers 30 years ago and gave his support to their new system of land division.

17 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Keeping the wolves away from the farm

In the end, there was no big bang, only promises of more gradual changes and small-step experimental reforms. Before its planning session last week, many specialists inside and outside China were speculating that the Communist Party's Central Committee was about to introduce far-reaching land reforms to unleash market-driven forces in rural areas.

16 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Bid to double rural incomes by 2020

Government pledges to boost spending on social welfare in countryside

The elite Central Committee of the Communist Party yesterday set a target to double the per capita disposable income of rural residents by 2020 from 2008 and pledged to increase government spending on social welfare in the countryside.

13 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Benefits of land-transfer experiment slow to take root

Some farmers regret 'leasing' properties for meagre rents

Every day, Yu Xueyang , a 59-year-old farmer from Qilin village in Chongqing's Shijie county, can look out from his house and see the land that has been taken away from him.

8 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Hu urges dairy industry vigilance on symbolic visit

President Hu Jintao called for the country's dairy industry to step up supervision and be vigilant about product quality yesterday during a visit to Anhui province .

The president made the comment during a symbolic visit to Xiaogang village as part of official celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of reform and opening-up.

1 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Hu vows to press on with rural reforms

President Hu Jintao pledged to continue pushing for rural reform during a three-day trip to Henan that ended yesterday.

The move is seen as a prelude to a new wave of reforms to be unveiled when Communist Party leaders hold a plenary session next month.

11 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Massacre of farmers 21 years ago drives fight for land reform

Thousands of demonstrators yesterday commemorated the massacre of 13 farmers outside the presidential palace 21 years ago, an event that continues to haunt the government.

Among those who led the protest for the fair distribution of farmland was left-wing congressman Teodoro Casino who, as an 18-year-old, joined the march now known as the Mendiola Massacre.

23 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Land issue stumbling block to development

Exactly 30 years ago, several dozen famished farmers in Xiaogang village in Anhui province rose against the commune and took over farmland and divided it among themselves to boost production.

21 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Guangdong law on rural land sales condemned as a recipe for disaster

The central government's decision to allow Guangdong to become the first province to freely sell off rural land ownership rights has led to land dispute riots in coastal cities, where rapid economic development has seen land values soar, experts say.

16 May 2007 - 12:00am