Jonathan Bench in The Epoch Times

The Chinese economy has an increasing interest here, according to attorney Jonathan Bench, a regular contributor to China Law Blog and Canna Law blog. He said China is “purposely competing” with the United States in every possible industry.

“China’s 2015 plan called Made in China 2025 involved a lot of high tech industries, including agricultural high tech. And so I see China looking at cannabis and especially hemp because China does not allow marijuana in the country but has a thriving hemp industry,” Bench told The Epoch Times.

“China’s growth and research and China’s reaching out to U.S. agricultural groups to develop relationships is all part of China’s greater global plan to supplant the U.S. as the dominant economic player in the world. I see the cannabis market as one of those components.”