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It looks like China is powering up for maximizing land use. Too bad America does not understand the danger of losing valuable farm land to oil intensive urban sprawl.

Urban Chinese are banned from buying residential land or houses from farmers, the central government stressed Tuesday, in a bid to control land use.

In a move to clamp down on the illegal development of farmland and improve land use efficiency, an executive meeting of the State Council, China's cabinet, warned that policies on rural land use will be strictly enforced.

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