Corruption is par for the course in China

China's local governments are cashing in on 'green opium' despite a decade-long ban on building new golf courses, highlighting a central tension between the nation's economic and environmental development.

In a country with just 10 per cent of the world’s arable land and 6 per cent of its water resources, golf is often viewed quite dimly. Because of its voracious appetite for land and water, the sport’s critics have dubbed it 'green opium'. Yet despite an official ban on new golf courses a decade ago, it seems China's local governments can’t kick the habit.

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