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Truths and Half Truths by Haitian Lu, Ferdinand Gul

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Rural land, peasants, and agriculture

Abstract:

The economic and social problems arising from China’s rural land, peasants, and agriculture, referred to as the ‘Three Nong,’ have become the most difficult obstacles to China’s reform. Despite the country’s rise in power, China’s peasants are the most marginalized population, the rural areas are the most disadvantaged region, and the agricultural sector is the most endangered sector. This chapter depicts the plight of the rural population in China and analyzes the evolution of and interconnections among the Three Nong problems. Government efforts so far to correct these imbalances are assessed and their implications evaluated. Although the chapter concludes that a complete reform of rural land ...

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