Actually, it does sometimes, but not others; it’s the life-and-death difference between complete disaster and national renewal.
Beijing is taking aim at local authorities who improperly shut down roads and ban farmers from their fields at a time when the central government says food security is of paramount importance.
Food security is a paramount concern for the world’s most populous nation, and its dependence on imported soybeans likely means ‘another good year for farmers in the US heartland’.
As food prices rise globally and war rages between two of the world’s biggest grain suppliers, Beijing is intent on doing what it must to secure adequate food for the most populous country.
A year after President Xi Jinping declared an end to extreme poverty in China, the economic fallout from Beijing’s zero-Covid ambitions is taking a hefty toll on livelihoods, especially in poorer regions.
Bottleneck comes amid record high fertiliser prices, driven up by strong global demand, high energy costs and sanctions on major producers Russia and Belarus
With an eye on increasing China’s self-sufficiency in grain production, its minister of agriculture and rural affairs has sounded the alarm on risks to its wheat output while calling for greater soybean harvests.
State Council’s message comes on the heels of Beijing’s vow to ‘front load’ infrastructure construction to shore up economic growth this year and beyond.