23 Jan '11, 5am

China tweaks housing-demolition rules

China tweaks housing-demolition rules

BEIJING: New rules aimed at ending illegal forced demolitions have come into force in China, state media said, as the government moves to quell what has become the nation's biggest source of unrest. The regulations seek to ease disputes over the expropriation and demolition of people's homes to make way for new buildings, Xinhua news agency reported late Saturday. Under the rules, which came into effect Friday, violence or coercion must not be used to force homeowners to leave. If government authorities cannot reach an agreement with residents over expropriations or compensation for their property, demolitions can only be carried out after the local court has reviewed and approved them. The previous rules had authorised local governments to enforce demolitions at their own will, the report said, quoting unnamed officials at the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Developme...

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