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Tensions between Chinese farmers and the government over land grabs has been rising for some time now. The Wukan protests of 2011 are probably the most famous, but China faces hundreds of thousands of protests every year and many are protests over land grabs.
Earlier this week we wrote about Chinese farmer Luo Baogen who refused to relocate when the government started seizing land to build a highway, because the compensation he was being offered wasn’t adequate. When he refused, the government built a highway around his house.
But how unfair is the compensation?
A survey conducted by the Development Research centre of the State Council (quoted by Chinascope) found that “40 to 50 per cent of the value-added part of land acquisition goes to investors, 20 to 30 per cent goes to the local government, 25 to 30 per cent goes to the village organisations (grassroots government body), and the farmer who sold the land receives only 5 to 15 per cent of the entire pie”.
Value added land refers to land that needs improvements that will boost value.
Chinese vice premier Li Keqiang has said urbanization is a priority and reforming China’s rural land system is a crucial part of that. But it’s unclear how this will impact compensation for farmers.