China needs to feed its 1.4 billion people, around one fifth of the world’s population. Photo: AP
China needs to feed its 1.4 billion people, around one fifth of the world’s population. Photo: AP

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China food security: why is it important and what caused November’s panic buying?

  • China needs to feed 1.4 billion people, but African swine fever, the coronavirus and natural disasters have recently raised questions about food security
  • Imports play a key role in China’s food supply chain, but Beijing is also keen to boost the nation’s self-sufficiency

Topic |   China food security
China needs to feed its 1.4 billion people, around one fifth of the world’s population. Photo: AP
China needs to feed its 1.4 billion people, around one fifth of the world’s population. Photo: AP
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