Monday, February 3, 2014

China, owning all village land under communism, seizes villages for big projects, destroying traditions

Because all land still belongs to the state in China (really?) the government is able to exercise super eminent domain and push people out of villages for new development. However, generally residents are compensated and given “free” apartments, according to a story in the New York Times Sunday by Ian Johnson, “In China, ‘Once the Villages are Gone, the Culture Is Gone”, link here
The eminent domain issue played out a few years ago with one stubborn home "owner" om Chongqing.  

The Chinese government will move 250 million people out of rural villages by 2025.
The New York Times video reports on the displacement of a musician, still trying to find a forum for his village tradition, to seize land for a golf course that still has not been built.   

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