Why China needs richer farmers

Since March, thousands of farmers in China’s Shandong province have had their homes demolished at short notice under a plan to move them into new, modern homes.

Those who refused to sign agreements for the demolition were detained. The demolition took place before relocation, so people were forced to look for their own temporary housing while their houses were being built. Some of the displaced with nowhere else to go built makeshift housing on the edge of their fields.

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