Jane Hayward received her PhD from the Department of East Asian Studies at New York University. She is currently a research fellow at the Government Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a teaching fellow at the Lau China Institute, King’s College London. She researches China’s agrarian question and related urban transformations in the context of China’s internationalisation.
This essay briefly examines how rural land reforms in China are being driven by the imperative of capital accumulation. It looks at how policies of agricultural land transfer, new rural community construction, and the urban-rural land linking system, are all too often driven by the urban real estate industry in league with local governments and agribusinesses, rather than by villagers themselves.
An article appeared recently in the South China Morning Post concerning an open letter calling for the dismissal of ‘triumphalist academic’ Hu Angang, a professor at Tsinghua University (Huang 2018). The letter, addressed to Tsinghua President Qiu Yong and signed by a number of university alumni, criticises Hu for ‘pursuing personal glory’ by claiming that […]