The New Real Property Registration Structure in China: Progress with Unanswered Questions

In: Global Journal of Comparative Law
Lu Xu Senior Lecturer in Property Law, Lancaster University, UK,

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Since March 2015, China has been implementing a nationwide unified real property registration structure. This article explains the objectives and measures of this ambitious project against the background of the current system which is fraught with complexities, difficulties and local variations. The move represents significant progress in the regulation and administration of real property in line with the vision of streamlined registration explicitly provided for in statutes such as the Property Law of prc (2007). Nevertheless, within this undoubtedly positive reform, the currently unclear relationship between property law and property registration is left unattended. With reference to comparative materials from England, Scotland and Australia, this paper identifies some of the unanswered questions that would have serious implications on the integrity and reliability of the real property register as a whole, especially in the context of fraud and forgery.

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