"[T]his empirically rich and theoretically informed book is an important contribution to understanding the complex land-power relationships in China and probes us to think deeper about the roles of land and space" - Choon-Piew Pow, Environment and Planning A 2010, volume 42
"Land development has become central to China’s accumulation and distribution politics in the past three decades. This monograph is a major contribution to our understanding of this profound yet under-researched process...this book provides an unprecedentedly comprehensive account of the changes in the land system in contemporary China...the solid empirical data supports a series of insightful arguments." - You-Tien Hsing, The China Quarterly, 201, March 2010
"Lin’s book is substantial and thorough... Scholars of modern China from a variety of academic fields will profit greatly from reading and studying the findings and conclusions of Professor Lin." Clifton W. Pannell, Eurasian Geography and Economics, 2010, 51, No. 5
"George C. S. Lin’s Developing China: Land, Politics and Social Conditions provides a comprehensive and detailed examination of the trajectory of land use and development in China since 1949...[it is] a very significant contribution to the literature on the political economy of development in contemporary China and to studies of capitalist development and land-use change more generally." Yeh, Emily T.(2010) 'A Review of "Developing China: Land, Politics and Social Conditions"', Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 100: 3
"Developing China represents an important step towards a deeper and systematic understanding of the root causes of land use and land development in China. It critically engages with theoretical as well as empirical debates on land use pattern and land development process, and provides a valuable addition to the literature on China studies in general and the geography of China in particular." - Pacific Affairs: Volume 84, No. 1 – March, 2011
George C.S. Lin is Head of the Department of Geography in the University of Hong Kong. His research interests include China’s urban development and urbanization, land use and land management, the growth of urbanism, rural industrialization and regional development in the Pearl River Delta, transnationalism, cross-border population mobility, and the geography of Chinese diaspora.