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Rule of law upheld in house demolition

China Daily | Updated: 2017-09-11 08:53

A house deemed illegal building will finally be torn down after 14 years of negotiations between the owner and the Shanghai urban management authorities. Beijing News commented on Saturday:

Netizens' opinions on the Shanghai "nail household", whose owner refused to relocate and give way to authorized urban planning, are mixed. Many extol the patience of the local urban management officials for not coercing the house owner into relocating and, instead, continued the negotiations until a solution was found. Some, however, criticize the obstinate family for being selfish and greedy, because the position of their house has prevented the road from being widened for 14 years.

Indeed, what the Shanghai urban management officials have done is in line with the rule of law. Speculations over why the negotiation took 14 years are uncalled for as long as the family's appeal was justified.

Rule of law upheld in house demolition

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