Land Use Rights in China: An Illustration with Mining Activities
Lu Hong, Senior Legal Counsel, Lafarge, China
Benjamin Dornic, General Counsel, Lafarge, China
The use of land in China has been a hot topic since the opening-up of the Chinese economy some 30 years ago. An interesting feature of the land system in China is how the Chinese government has worked around the concept of private property (which is still not recognised in China as regards land) to propose a comprehensive framework, which can be considered similar to some of the principles used in other modern economies. However, because land is an important resource in China, the Chinese land legal framework tends to be rather intricate and subject to a heavy bureaucracy.
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