Farmers work on an orange orchard ahead of Lunar New Year in a village in Rongan, Guangxi province. The expansion of rural land use rights in China is designed to improve standards of living in the countryside and narrow the gap with the cities. Photo: AFP

China reforms rural land use, mindful of the risks to ecology and social stability

Dan Wang says China continues to relax rules on the renting out and use of rural land to boost living standards outside cities. Full privatisation, however, is not on the cards due to the need for a safety net for the non-urban population, and well-founded concerns over environmental degradation

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Farmers work on an orange orchard ahead of Lunar New Year in a village in Rongan, Guangxi province. The expansion of rural land use rights in China is designed to improve standards of living in the countryside and narrow the gap with the cities. Photo: AFP
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