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Public Interest should not be Sacrificed for Profit 
    2007-06-18 10:01:55     CRIENGLISH.com
Public park or Golf range, which is more important to average people in Beijing?

The Xinhuanet reports a public park renovation project in Beijing has turned into a commercial golf range.

Located on the first loop of Beijing's green belt, the Wanliu greenland was to remain a municipal sports park, with free access to the public. But with construction finished, people are stunned to find a nearly three square kilometers golf range in its place.

The article criticizes such a move, arguing that the public's right to use park grounds freely is being ignored. Park managers are expected to reap large profits as they cash in on a booming high-end consumer market.

The article says that public interest should not be sacrificed in the pursuit of development and higher profit margins.

It suggests the government tighten land use, and protect the public's right of free access to these green areas.


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