China's legislature on Thursday began examining a much-debated measure that
is intended to help protect private property in an increasingly well-off
Although the Communist Party still believes the state owns all land, the
growing economy has meant that private property "has been increasing with each
passing day", the draft legislation states, adding that the protection of that
property is the "urgent demand of the people".
"As the reform and opening-up and the economy develop, people's living
standards have improved in general, and they urgently require effective
protection of their own lawful property accumulated through hard work," Wang
Zhaoguo, deputy chairman of the National People's Congress said in introducing
the latest draft of the measure in the legislature.
The legislation has been at least 14 years in the making and has been
discussed by the Standing Committee of the Natinoal People's Congress six times.
(China Daily 03/13/2007 page5)