When former deputy chairman Yang Weijun asked for his usual chauffeured limousine last month, a clerk informed him there was no car among the official fleet of the Yunnan government available to him. Unfazed, the 91-year-old retired provincial leader called in a favor, and was able to sneak out from his Kunming retirement home by white delivery van. Thousands of farmers were waiting for him less than an hour’s drive outside the provincial capital…Full-text article: South China Morning Post July 2013

Key point

  • Yang Weijun noted that China’s GDP growth is inflated by real estate development on seized land. One of villages near Kumming was able to prevent its seizure by having its land officially classified as arable.

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