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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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China Land Sales Remain Sluggish Even as Bidding Rules Eased

29 December 2021

China’s cash-strapped developers have become reluctant to acquire land even as some local governments relax bidding rules, adding to signs of their liquidity crunch and threatening to deepen the nation’s economic slowdown.  Land plots auctioned in the fourth quarter through Dec. 20 only fetched an…

The metaverse land boom: a 'gold rush' or a bubble about to burst?

14 December 2021

How much would you spend to buy virtual land in the metaverse, a virtual world that runs in parallel with real life? In recent days, the land rush in the metaverse has been making headlines with a $4.3 million record high purchase of a plot of land in Sandbox, a blockchain-based decentralized…

China’s new Land Border Law may legitimise use of civilian settlements to make territorial claims

27 November 2021

China’s new land border law that recently grabbed headlines apparently seeks to legitimise its use of the civilian settlement to support territorial claims along its disputed boundaries with India and Bhutan. There have been reports about China building villages in areas it illegally occupied in…



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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Preserving rangelands for people and climate: Lessons from Mongolia

4 November 2021

In Mongolia, the word “rangeland” is synonymous with “homeland.” It is a clue to the importance of rangelands in a country where a quarter of Mongolians are herders, and the wider livestock economy provides sustenance, income, and wealth to nearly half of the population. For many nomadic societies…

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road Initiative

January 6, 2021 7:00 pm Rutland Free Library In making infrastructure developments and investments in nearly 70 countries, China is seeking to restructure the world economy and energetically expand its global influence. Derek Boothby, former director of the UN’s Department of Political Affairs,…