13 Feb '18, 12pm

A celebration of our citizen soldiers.

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Allowing Chinese villagers to rent out their homes and farms could boost development and ease tensions in neglected rural areas where houses sit empty as people migrate to cities, according to analysts. A policy document released this month said the government would "moderately relax" controls on rights for rural land and vacant houses so people who moved to cities could allow development of their properties or rent out their homes. The policy could encourage people dissatisfied with rural life to move as they would be able to earn an income from their properties, said Wasana Wongsurawat, an assistant professor and China expert at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. "Urban centres are growing, while the quality of life in rural areas has not improved, leading to growing dissent," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "So this may be a way to address...

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