International Affairs
6 February 2015 , Volume 71, Number 1

The countryside has been neglected in the dash for urbanization. But attention is now focusing on agricultural productivity. To succeed, farmers need more independence to manage the land


Gang Chen is chairman and a senior partner of Jade & Fountain PRC Lawyers based in Shanghai. This article was co-authored, edited and translated by Dr Richard Zheng


A farmer at work on the outskirts of Hefei, Anhui Province. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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