Southern China’s Hainan province is likely to be chosen as the first pilot region for the nation’s land management reform, Shanghai Securities News reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The reform will allow farm land use rights to be transferred by public auction, making agricultural land available for development under the country’s urbanization program. At present, such rights transfers apply only to urban land. The government is stepping up the drafting of detailed plans for the reform, an unnamed source close to the national land authority was quoted as saying. Hu Cunzhi, deputy land and resources minister, recently said rural land will be allowed to be transferred to state-owned construction land markets, according to the report.
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