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Chinese companies are heavily invested in banana plantations in northern Myanmar, which began appearing around 2015, drastically altering the landscape.

Chinese companies corralling land around world

Acquisition of nearly 6.5m hectares over 10 years sets off alarms

DAISHI CHIBA, SHIN WATANABE and YUICHI NITTA, Nikkei staff writers | China

TOKYO/YANGON -- China's strategic muscle-flexing is not limited to its expansive maritime claims and vigorous infrastructure exports; Chinese entities have also been aggressively acquiring land overseas.

Chinese companies are buying up land in Asia and Africa. The combined area of land purchased or leased by such companies over the past decade is equal to the total land area of Sri Lanka or Lithuania and much larger than acquisitions by their counterparts in the U.S. and other major countries.

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