These Measures, consisting of 23 articles, provide for the rules and requirements for rural residential land administration.The term "rural residential land" as mentioned in these Measures refers to the land that rural residents have acquired through legal procedures for the construction of residential housing. Rural residential lands are collectively-owned. Rural residents have the right to use the rural residential lands, and do not have the ownership thereof. The ownership and the right of use of the house sites are protected by law. The Measures further provide for: rural residential land application, examination and approval, offences and penalties; etc.
Implements: Land Administration Law of the People's Republic of China. (2004-08-28)
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For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people.
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