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China Faces Rise in Illegal Land Use as Government Spurs Growth

July 25 (Bloomberg) -- China’s land ministry said it faces a greater challenge to prevent a rebound in illegal land use in the second half of 2012 as the nation starts key construction projects to stabilize economic growth.

Illegal use of land is rising by area this year, with about 30 percent of cases discovered in the first half reported in June, Yue Xiaowu, deputy head of law enforcement at the Ministry of Land and Resources, said in an online briefing today. The transcript was posted on the ministry’s website.

China seeks to prevent the conversion of farmland to other uses.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Zhang Dingmin in Beijing at dzhang14@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andreea Papuc at apapuc1@bloomberg.net

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