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China cracks down on property speculation

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Video: More measures to regulate property market

BEIJING, April 15 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government has raised the down payment for second-home buyers to a minimum 50 percent of the value from 40 percent, in a bid to curb property speculation.

The decision was announced in a statement released Thursday after conclusion of an executive meeting of the State Council, the Cabinet, presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao, on Wednesday.

First-home buyers must pay no less than 30 percent of the the property price if the area is above 90 square meters, the statement said.

The government was stepping up the introduction of tax policies to influence purchases and adjust property investment returns, said the statement.

Nationwide, land use for the construction of low-income housing, shanty town renovation and small and medium-sized homes (below 90 square meters) should account for at least 70 percent of the land approved for property development, the statement said.

It also urged local authorities to accelerate housing construction approvals to ensure effective land supply, and crack down on land hoarding and speculatory behavior.

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