by Dan Martin
BEIJING (AFP) – In, where business chiefs and officials rarely wait for someone to put up a “for sale” sign before taking over the land, property disputes are one of the biggest sources of social unrest.
The issue has leapt to the top of the national agenda in recent years amid a wave of violent land disputes often triggered by rapacious developers and corrupt local government workers snatching land from hapless farmers and city dwellers.
The social unrest cause by land seizure by the government is the exact cause for the latest round of anti-government protests in Vietnam. See:
Vietnam: Farmers Protest Government Land Seizures