BEIJING, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- Chinese lawmakers Tuesday reviewed a draft decision to extend a pilot program of reforming land use rules in selected areas for one year.
The draft was read at a bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, which opened Monday.
Approved in February 2015, the pilot program involves reforms to the way how rural land is expropriated, easing of restrictions on rural construction land trading, and reforms to the administration of rural residential plots, and will run until Dec. 31, 2017.
The draft stipulates extending the pilot program for one year until Dec. 31, 2018, to learn from experience and lay a solid foundation for further legal amendments.
The pilot program has been implemented in 33 localities, including Daxing district in Beijing, Songjiang district in Shanghai, and Quxu County in Tibet Autonomous Region.