China food security: time to boost domestic output as focus on imports ‘fundamentally incompatible’



Orange Wang | SCMP

China’s focus on self-reliance in food security this year means stronger domestic production and so fewer imports over time, analysts say Food supply self-reliance has become a hot political issue and economic priority ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party this year. 

As it bids to ensure the security of its food supply, China will switch to paying more attention to improving its domestic production having relied on record import levels during a coronavirus-hit 2020, a trade which is likely to stabilise or even start to drop this year.

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