Why is China occupying the world's land

Why is China occupying the world's land
These days China is buying land in countries around the world under a new strategy. Chinese government agencies engaged in this mission are aggressively acquiring land abroad. These lands are being bought in different countries of Asia and Africa. The area of ​​land purchased or leased abroad through Chinese companies in the last decade is equal to the total plains of Sri Lanka. Companies of America and many other countries are far behind China in this matter.

There is growing concern that China may encroach on the sources of food and natural resources of emerging and developing countries, Japanese media Nikkei Asia reported. China's occupation of these countries has also increased the concern of the security system. Experts claim that America, Britain and other big countries cannot dismiss this competition of Chinese purchases as trivial. This may threaten these countries in the future.

Hideki Hirano, a professor at Japan's Himeji University who studies foreign investors' land acquisitions, said these countries should tighten their laws regarding encroachments on Chinese companies' land. For example, bananas are extensively cultivated in the northern state of Kachin in Myanmar. According to surveys by non-governmental and other organizations, Chinese companies are largely involved in the cultivation of bananas in the region. According to UN data, banana exports from Myanmar increased 250-fold from $1.5 million in 2013 to $370 million in 2020. The majority of this product goes to China.

Local residents say banana plantations in Kachin have continued to operate since a military coup in February. These are an important source of tax revenue for the Myanmar Armed Forces. Apart from Myanmar, this occupation of Chinese companies is also spread in many other countries. Rubber is produced on a large scale in the province of Binh Phuoc, located in the south of Vietnam. However, this cultivation is now under threat due to the activities of New Hope Liuhe, a leading livestock company in China.

This Chinese company is raising a huge herd of pigs on 75 hectares of rubber producing land. This company has now expanded to many states of Vietnam. The Vietnamese government is also using its pig farm in Binh Phuoc under the supervision of this company. Most of the pigs raised here are being exported to China for meat. Due to this, China's occupation of suitable land for agriculture is increasing. This is directly affecting the production of rubber in Vietnam.
According to the European land monitoring organization Land Matrix, Chinese companies controlled 64.8 million hectares of land for agriculture, forestry and mining worldwide from 2011 to 2020. In contrast, British companies have 1.56 million hectares abroad, American 8.6 million hectares. 4.2 million hectares owned by Japanese companies.

China is increasingly acquiring land overseas to meet the boom in domestic demand due to economic growth. Land acquisition abroad also gives these businesses stable access to natural resources. Taking full advantage of this, these companies are transporting the products made in these countries to China. Chinese company Wan Peng is shipping large quantities of wood from the Congo to China. In addition, Chinese companies have purchased large-scale mines in many countries around the world.

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