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Chinese Party Cadres Abused Power With Land Sales, Official Says

Land seizures in the southern Chinese town of Wukan that led villagers to kick out local leaders stem from “abuses of power” by Communist Party cadres, an essay in the state-controlled People’s Daily said.

“The Wukan incident reflects the fact that some local party organizations are weak and lax, relations with the masses are tense, and some cadres at the grass roots have lost their sense of purpose,” Li Song, head of the party’s discipline committee in the southern city of Huizhou, wrote in the essay, published today.