There is always a concern that during a recession that cashed up nations can scour the world looking for bargains.
Take for instance - the infamous Crafar Farms saga - sold to the China Jin Hui Mining Corporation.
It is fair to say that China is moving aggressively beyond being the world's factory - now it also wants to be the world's food producer - the food basket.
China is able to farm on a scale much larger than anyone - in New Zealand for instance -and they have the money. The model is relatively simple - just like the Hong Kong aquisition- basically you buy a business in a country (renowned for a particular product) - learn what you can - and once you are successfully running it - use as a blueprint - and bring it back to the mother land.
I was talking to a fruit grower in the Tasman region - who had one of the two major supermarket chains cancel their order for their fruit at the last moment - as well - now they were getting their fresh fruit from China.
So do ask when you are at the supermarket - where those berries are coming from!
The main stumbling blocks for China - re: food production - is a complete lack of trust for the product (remember melamine!).
However, China succeeded in becoming the world's factory - they also have a good chance at becoming the food basket - think "Chinese Green Grocer" on an unprecedented scale.