Cartoons

Relocation problems

Why do many Chinese think the movie Avatar is really about them? As pointed out in WiC51 (page 8), like the Na’vi, many in China are subject to ‘forced relocations’. At this week’s National People’s Congress, the nation’s ‘parliament’ is considering a new law to protect property rights and make forced relocations harder to push through. It’s a popular measure – when opened to public consultation the draft of the law got the largest response ever, with 13,000 lodging suggestions. If approved, the new law will outlaw ‘ruthless practices’ – such as isolating homeowners who refuse to sell in ‘nail houses’. It will also require that where land is earmarked for redevelopment, all homeowners must agree to move before it can go ahead. Public hearings will also decide on compensation (based on market prices). “I can’t believe such a good law is on the way,” a 61 year-old Shanghainese victim of a forced relocation delightedly told the China Daily.


© ChinTell Ltd. All rights reserved.

Exclusively sponsored by HSBC.

The Week in China website and the weekly magazine publications are owned and maintained by ChinTell Limited, Hong Kong. Neither HSBC nor any member of the HSBC group of companies ("HSBC") endorses the contents and/or is involved in selecting, creating or editing the contents of the Week in China website or the Week in China magazine. The views expressed in these publications are solely the views of ChinTell Limited and do not necessarily reflect the views or investment ideas of HSBC. No responsibility will therefore be assumed by HSBC for the contents of these publications or for the errors or omissions therein.