China blasts Arkansas over forced farmland sale


State media in China reacted angrily to Arkansas’ recent move forcing a China-owned company to give up 160 acres of farmland over concerns of foreign ownership of farmland.

It is the first such action under a wave of new U.S. laws regarding the restriction of foreign farmland ownership.

“This is another daily absurdity from American conservative politicians,” wrote The Global Times, a nationalistic English-language tabloid published by the propaganda department of the ruling Communist Party.

“Arkansas’ latest move shows that the American investment environment is awful, completely driven by politics, and not worthy of trust,” said the article. “Worse, it proves that American politicians are incapable of driving local development, but are good at orchestrating political farces.”

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