China has redefined its food security goals: Zhang

December 2, 2019

Dr. Wendong ZhangThe trade conflict had exposed the danger of China’s dependence on US imports, said Zhang Wendong, an assistant economics professor at Iowa State University, according to a Nov. 30 South China Morning Post story, "China fears trade conflicts, climate change could pose threat to food security."

“China has redefined its food security goals and focused its attention mainly on food crops such as rice and wheat and pork. Meanwhile, it felt it was taken hostage on US soybeans, so will accelerate its push to be more diversified in the purchases of feed grains,” he said.

“China will definitely aggressively expand farm product suppliers, and probably will examine the US share for each agricultural product,” he said. “The most important strategic investments would probably be in Brazilian agriculture and infrastructure.”

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