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Post time 2013-11-9 11:07:31 |Display all floors
With no hukou (urban household registration) in Beijing or other big cities, migrants cannot buy houses or register cars, nor avail themselves of medical care and education.

Dismantling the hukou system would allow farmers transplanted to cities to exchange rural property rights for a more secure foothold in the metropolis. It could also provide the boost to consumption which the Chinese leadersh ...

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Post time 2013-11-9 11:07:32 |Display all floors
There's no real information that can be counted on. So it must mean they are still discussing what has been under discussion for the last 15+ years...

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Post time 2013-11-9 12:33:08 |Display all floors
1. With no hukou (urban household registration)... migrants cannot buy houses or register cars, nor avail themselves of medical care and education.

2. Dismantling the hukou system would allow farmers transplanted to cities to exchange rural property rights for a more secure foothold in the metropolis.

3.It could also provide the boost to consumption which the Chinese leadership so craves.

The three sentences are typical of the hypocrisy that China has accused of the West of. It has often been noted that the West talks of democracy before it invades a resource-rich country, that it talks about freedom of privacy while conducting massive spying on citizens in their own country (and other countries as well). The West, it has often been noted, often insists on China opening up rules for investments, but often blocks Chinese firms from investing or buying up Western companies.

But what is the difference when shameless,rich and privileged Chinese use their running dogs in the media to say that the "reform" or "dismantling" of the hukou is for the "good" of the peasants? That without the hukou peasants could "avail themselves of medical care and education"??? That they could then "exchange rural property rights for a more secure foothold in the metropolis"???

All that touching concern for the peasants when the real intention is to rob them - and the state - of their lands??? World history is replete with instances that once such lands are commodified, the ultimate result would be the peasants' loss of land AND money. This is too obvious for all the hypocritical concerns for the welfare of the peasants. And to connect the grabbing of lands so that it could "boost consumption which the Chinese leadership so craves" is so obviously stupid that it does not deserve the dignity of a reply. What if it does NOT boost consumption? Would the lands be given back to the peasants?

The hukou system should indeed be reformed: EVERY Chinese must be treated equally ANYWHERE in China irrespective where they come from. Property rights of peasants have nothing to do with the right to take over their land, whether by the local authorities or by greedy vultures that are now influencing the highest levels of government.

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Post time 2013-11-10 10:15:14 |Display all floors
President Xi speaks wisely when he calls for "further research on the relations among the ownership, contract right and management right of rural land."  In the West, large banks and wealthy speculators drove small farmers off the land WITHOUT them getting compensation (little and often no) for their small farms.  They ended up poor in the cities with nothing to fall back on.  Certainly land reform makes sense, but some of the loudest Western voices calling for it and speculators.  Good luck in carrying this out!

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Post time 2013-11-12 11:36:22 |Display all floors
>In the West, large banks and wealthy speculators drove small farmers off the land WITHOUT them getting compensation (little and often no) for their small farms.  <

You must be referring to the British Enclosure Act and similar laws enacted during the 18th-19th centuries, Patrick. Yes, the peasants were robbed of their lands and many had to flock to the cities where they worked in the new factories for starvation wages. Some fled to the New World (America) and many more became tenant farmers, much like the Negro sharecroppers of the US. Poverty and disease resulted in low life expectancies - not much better than British India's native populations or the Chinese during the late Ching/Republican periods (average life expectancy about 25 years). A popular verse during those times:

They hang the man, and flog the woman,
That steals the goose from off the common -
But let the greater villain loose,
That steals the common from the goose.

Note for not so fluent Chinese readers: "common" here refers to free land where commoners, including peasants, had access.

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