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China May Make Example of Buffett-Backed BYD Land-Use Violation

BYD Co., China’s fastest-growing major automaker, will be a test case for whether the government values corn and wheat over cars.

BYD, maker of China’s best-selling F3 compact, unlawfully built seven factories on 112 acres of farmland it agreed to buy in Xi’an from a local economic development agency, the nation’s Ministry of Land and Resources said July 15. The government said it will decide by Sept. 30 whether to punish the Warren Buffett- backed company.