Special issue on land value taxationChinese Version
This special issue arose from a project within the “2013 Plan of introducing overseas high-level cultural and educational experts”, which was financed by the P.R. China. The project was applied by the College of Architecture and Environment of Sichuan University, in collaboration with the Trier University of Applied Sciences (Environmental Campus Birkenfeld), Trier, Germany.The starting point of the project has the intention to face the challenges on the China’s land market. Within the urbanization program of the Chinese government the biggest migration of human history will happen. Thus, speculation and high prices of real estate are a problem. Also the conversion of agricultural sites into developed areas needs more control, in order to guarantee food security. Last but not least, also the tax base of the communes has to be strengthened and sustained. In order to deal with such challenges, a good land use management needs a sound financial base as a “second leg”. With a sound land taxation, the land use planning might be supported by financial incentives. At the same time a sustainable source of public finance might be exploited, without putting economy in disorder. A property tax, such as just being piloted in Shanghai and Chongqing, cannot deal with the mentioned challenges. The project has organized two international workshops in Chengdu. The outcome of the project shall be published in a book. Thanks to this special issue, some of the results are able to be presented in a brief and understandable way to Chinese readers. A proper strategy for China’s land use market is crucial only for China but also world economy, all authors of this special issue welcome your feedback and suggestions to their point of views. We wish this special issue could initiate dialogue and creation between international and Chinese scholars for facing the challenges of land use market in China.