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Land Rights

Family to stay put in laneway they call home

Lam Chim-ching and her two sons Tong Wah-jor and Tong Wah-hei won the sites under the rule of adverse possession in which a person who occupies a site for a specified period without the owner's objection can claim ownership.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 5:40am 2 comments

Guangzhou urban villagers defend homes

With eight centuries of history, Tan is the last urban village left in Guangzhou's Zhujiang New Town, a prime site filled with high-end office buildings. Like the 137 other urban villages in Guangzhou, old Tan is gradually being reduced to concrete rubble by the wreckers' ball.

24 Apr 2013 - 6:07pm

No end in sight to stand-off in Guangdong village over land deal

Just over a week ago, residents fought with scores of attackers whom they claimed were sent by the village Communist Party chief and a business tycoon after they protested against a land deal.

4 Mar 2013 - 9:38am

Beijing to spend 18b yuan to protect farmers' land rights

The mainland is going to spend 18 billion yuan (HK$22.4 billion) identifying and registering the contractual rights of farmland in the countryside over the next five years amid concern too much arable land is being appropriated as an increasing number of farmers move to towns and cities.

2 Feb 2013 - 4:34am 1 comment

Are rich countries guilty of 'land grabs'?

Should rich countries be buying agricultural land in developing countries? That question is raised in a report issued last year by the Land Matrix Partnership, a consortium of European research institutes and non-governmental organisations.

21 Jan 2013 - 3:35am

Dongguan officials in probe over unapproved commercial complex

Several senior cadres in Dongguan, including a public security official, are under investigation following claims that they profited by building a large commercial development on cheap land bought from farmers for an industrial project.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:46am

Wealth gap to be cut, Han Changfu tells Central Rural Work Conference

Beijing will look to boost farmers' income, protect their land rights and seek more equitable treatment for migrant workers in cities, reports from the annual rural work conference said yesterday.

23 Dec 2012 - 5:26am

Land grabs are main cause of mainland protests, experts say

Land seizures, pollution and labour disputes have been the three main causes of tens of thousands of mass protests in recent years, according to a top think-tank.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Two steps that would prove Beijing is serious about reform

At their first Politburo meeting earlier this month, China's incoming leaders pledged to boost domestic consumer demand, promote urbanisation and enhance social welfare provision.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:31am 2 comments

Briefs, November 29, 2012

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.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:41am

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