Police are now ordered not to participate in land grabs and home demolitions. If this is actually enforced, this could be one of the best new regulations coming out of the two big meetings, making it our news story of the week.
One of the few Communist holdovers in China is that the gov’t still technically owns all of the land. Farmers only have agreements to work the land, but in recent years greedy local gov’ts have been taking it from them to sell to developers (again the developers don’t own the land, just the rights to build on it).
This would be a huge step in slowing down local corruption, and I can’t stress this enough, if it is enforced.
Home demolitions have been a touchy subject these past few months after at least three people have decided to set themselves on fire to protest the demolition of their homes. Often the police take the side of the developers and force these residents to accept weak compensation for their property, or take drastic actions.