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China is now the world’s second largest economy and has seen over the last years the adaptation of a centrally planned economy to allow for private enterprise and capital. This shift is mirrored in its formal land tenure, represented by a dual system with state-owned land in urban areas, and farmer collective-owned land in rural areas.
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942,470,080 ha
GDP/Capita
16,181.8 USD
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Mountains in China

A Journey into Land Issues in China

16 December 2020

The Land Portal Foundation’s launches the China Country Portfolio - a knowledge piece with a comprehensive understanding of the country’s land issues. Hit by COVID-19 a year ago, China is ever more pressed to adapt land usage rights to protect food sovereignty while also stimulating investment…

Xinjiang: more than half a million forced to pick cotton, report suggests

Xinjiang: more than half a million forced to pick cotton, report suggests

15 December 2020

Forced labour much more widespread than initially thought in China region that supplies a fifth of the world’s cotton   More than half a million people from ethnic minority groups in Xinjiang have been coerced into picking cotton, on a scale far greater than previously thought,…

China's Yangtze fishing communities adapt to life on land

China's Yangtze fishing communities adapt to life on land

15 December 2020

Yang Zeqiang's boat chugs across the Yangtze ferrying a few people and sacks of grain -- his new source of income after all fishing was halted along China's longest river in the name of environmental protection. As a boy, Yang remembers seeing his father and grandfather head out in the early…

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China has the world’s largest population and is facing a great challenge of land scarcity. There, land issues covers not only the question about how to feed the increasing population, but also how to achieve high quality development though a regional utilisation of land.

Xiaobo Hua
Kyoto University

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This map draws on Chinese infrastructure project location data from AidData and forest cover loss data from Hansen et al. (2013).

AIDDATA Published Geocoded Dataset on Chinese Financing in Ecological Hotspots

Conservationists and environmental advocacy groups have warned that the nature, pace and scale of Chinese-funded infrastructure projects in the developing world may lead to unintended environmental consequences, especially in so-called “ecological hotspots.” Until now, there has been no systematic,…

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First International Forum on Urban-Rural Linkages

First International Forum on Urban-Rural Linkages

First International Forum on Urban-Rural Linkages: “Rural revitalization through innovation and valorization” Urbanization processes shape large areas of the world, while the revitalization of rural regions has been neglected for a long time. Nevertheless, cities and villages are indispensable for…