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Is China ready to reshape global agriculture?

Promises to develop neglected lands undermined by unresolved issues at home

| China
China's "inclusive" agricultural overtures to other countries still seem largely about meeting rising demand back home.   © Reuters

During the spike in global grain prices a decade ago, Chinese officials urged agribusinesses to secure farmland overseas to fill the country's growing food deficit.

Now the country has 1,300 companies which have made $11.7 billion in total investments in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries in 85 countries and regions, according to the agriculture ministry. To help propel the Belt and Road Initiative's infrastructure-building campaign, Chinese leaders have recently rebranded these foreign farm investments as a form of international cooperation.

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