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China's central government has approved a plan to extend a rural land reform pilot programme by another year to the end of 2018, the Economic Information Daily reported on Tuesday citing sources at the Ministry of Land and Resources. The land ministry's pilot started in 2015 and is meant to develop mechanisms for rural land use rights to be transferred on markets, allowing rural residents to receive more of the benefits from their rights to land.

China has been looking to reform landholding rights for rural citizens for years as it promotes urbanisation and more efficient, large-scale farms, though progress has been slow and there has been some resistance at the local level.

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