China: land privatization – the other way around

Privatization discourse in China is shaped differently then in the western world: Farmers on the bottom of society struggle for the introduction of private land property, while state elites defend their priviliges by enforcing and exploiting what they call collective property.
So China has detained at least three farmers on subversion charges for making bold calls for private land ownership in the countryside, an attempt to curb land seizures by corrupt officials, their families said on Monday, as Reuters already reported a few months ago.
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