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Opinion: Entitlement and the use of violence to safeguard assets is an under-reported phenomenon of China’s property story

2 weeks ago
Sky Canaves
At China’s local level, this is property emboldening individuals, bestowing (at least in their eyes) a curious sense of entitlement to use power — which in local China incorporates violence if necessary," writes the author. "Consultation is supplanted by confrontation. These are homeowners not looking to overthrow the government, but simply ignoring it, and trying to settle local matters as if they are the authority."
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.