Gov­ern­ment closes more than 100 golf cour­ses

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

More than 100 golf cour­ses around China have been closed by the gov­ern­ment in a move against il­le­gal land and wa­ter use, au­thor­i­ties an­nounced.

Of a to­tal of 683 golf cour­ses in China, 111 have been or­dered to close since a na­tional crack­down was launched in 2011, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, China’s top eco­nomic plan­ner.

The golf cour­ses were found to be il­le­gally us­ing large amounts of arable land or na­ture re­serve ar­eas, or ex­tract­ing ground­wa­ter in pro­hib­ited ar­eas, among other il­licit be­hav­iors. In ad­di­tion, 18 golf cour­ses have been or­dered to re­turn and re­store il­le­gally oc­cu­pied land, and 47 have been told to stop con­struc­tion or busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties.

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