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China acquires Syngenta for US$43 billion – China’s biopolitics


The USD43 billion all-cash acquisition of the world’s largest agrochemicals company Swiss Syngenta AG by China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) — the biggest ever Chinese overseas corporate purchase — would probably materialise after the U.S. national security panel CFIUS granted the approval on August 22 [Note 1]. Such an ‘at-any-cost’ investment for securing Syngenta’s numerous … Continue reading

Will scarcity lead to anarchy in China?


Renowned American journalist Robert D Kaplan warned the West that, in the light of the quick deterioration of the arable land quality in interior China due to “deforestation, loss of topsoil and salinization”, when China’s population has reached “1.54 billion by 2025”, large-scale population movements from villages to cities would be “leading to a crime … Continue reading

Degradation of farmland makes China more determined for control of disputed South China Sea


Due to land degradation, China worries that its limited farmland will not be able to feed its huge population. Reuters says in its report that, according to the Chinese government’s mouthpiece Xinhua news agency, more than 40% of China’s arable land is degraded. As a result, China regards as even more indispensable the more than … Continue reading

China to build 200,000-ton fish farming ship at Mischief Reef, territory claimed by Philippines


The following is translated from Chinese media: Chinese scientists are planning to intensify China’s exploitation of fish resources in the South China Sea. Lei Jilin, a research fellow at Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, repeatedly stressed in an interview with China Science Daily, “We will not merely guard our territories while neglecting exploiting our deep-sea … Continue reading

Australia’s grand plan to feed China for the next 100 years


Andrew Forrest’s grand plan for a China food deal will progress next week when the Business Council of Australia hosts a forum with industry representatives and state and federal farm ministers led by Barnaby Joyce. The meeting in Sydney on Thursday will be hosted by BCA chief executive Jennifer Westacott and will include representatives from … Continue reading

China cloning on an ‘industrial scale’


The cloning methods may not be novel – but the application of mass production is You hear the squeals of the pigs long before reaching a set of long buildings set in rolling hills in southern China. Feeding time produces a frenzy as the animals strain against the railings around their pens. But this is … Continue reading

China buys 3 million hectares of Ukraine farmland; 5% of country


Ukraine to be China’s largest overseas farmer. Three million hectares will eventually be used to provide grain and meat for Chinese consumers China will plough billions of yuan into farmland in Ukraine that will eventually become its biggest overseas agricultural project. The move is a significant step in China’s recent efforts to encourage domestic companies … Continue reading

Is China cornering the world cotton market?


The Unites States is the second-largest producer of cotton, a product that everyone wears, everyone uses. But that may not be enough to ensure the security of the American cotton industry, with China now a major player in the world cotton market. “Most of the cotton now has to get in the container and go … Continue reading

Is China secretly hoarding the world’s fish?


It looks like rare earth elements aren’t the only commodity China has been allegedly keeping to itself. According to a recent study published in the journal Fish and Fisheries, the Chinese have been drastically underreporting the number of fish that Chinese ships catch in other countries’ waters every year. While China tells the UNFAO, the U.N. agency that … Continue reading

Party cadre pins hopes of China’s food security on overseas farms


Leery of product safety in China, Zhu Zhangjin is urging farmers to invest abroad like he has. Zhu Zhangjin calls himself a farmer, but he has little time or love for mainland farm goods. Nor is he afraid to speak his mind on the matter. Zhu also happens to be party secretary of Huafeng village … Continue reading

Chinese fruit a turnoff in Vietnam


Jack Nguyen had sold 20 of his 30 containers of imported American grapes when a fresh round of rumours hit the internet and state-run media: Chinese fruit on sale in Vietnam might look good, but it contains deadly levels of preservatives and pesticides. Shoppers quickly stopped buying imported fruit altogether, believing it all tainted or … Continue reading

China’s city of the future may include the “farmscraper”


Architects are often pushing the boundaries of the possible, often in response to challenges posed by the ongoing problems of urban sprawl, pollution, and overpopulation. And in China, where one-fifth of the world’s total population lives and urban population density reaches into the thousands per square kilometre, forward-looking architects are finding a receptive audience. Consider … Continue reading

Dead pigs in China river were diseased


The rotting bodies of about 6,000 pigs in a river that supplies tap water to Shanghai has drawn attention to an ugly truth – China’s pig farms are often riddled with disease and one way or another, sick animals often end up in the food chain. Authorities have found traces of a common pig virus … Continue reading

China’s taste for pork serves up a pollution problem


Fan Jianjun points to a concrete pipe jutting from the lake bank. Sludge spews from its mouth and arcs across the water, the surface bubbling with the bodies of flies. Fan has lived in Houtonglong village all his 31 years. The water was clear, he says, before the pig farm was built and people’s health … Continue reading

China pledges rural reforms to boost incomes, consumption


China will give farmers better protection over the land they till, raise their incomes and improve public services for them to help close the gap with urban areas and narrow the rich-poor divide. The government will ensure farmers earn “reasonable returns” from planting crops and increase agricultural subsidies, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Dec. … Continue reading

China’s wealth gap to be cut


Beijing will look to boost farmers’ income, protect their land rights and seek more equitable treatment for migrant workers in cities, reports from the annual rural work conference said yesterday. Agriculture Minister Han Changfu told the two-day Central Rural Work Conference that the government would aim to narrow the gap between rural and urban residents … Continue reading

To feed its millions, China needs to look to the world’s oceans


  China is facing increasing difficulties in feeding its growing population, which is at the same time becoming more affluent. Although China has achieved nine consecutive years of increases in grain production, from 2003 to 2012, its grain demand and supply gap continues to widen. In the first ten months of 2012, China’s cereal imports … Continue reading

Cambodia: Luxury wood trade to China revealed.


Thousands of cubic meters of luxury wood is being shipped from Cambodia to China each year, according to official Chinese import documents shown to The Cambodia Daily. According to the data, some 36,000 cubic meters of logs under the “rosewood” category have been recorded entering China from Cambodia between January 2007 and the end of … Continue reading

The grievances of Chinese farmers; an endless story


More than six decades after the end of feudalism in China, land-rights still remains the number one problem facing Chinese farmers, despite the law implemented in 1990 articulating that “agricultural land must be formally contracted to farmers who will have limited but sufficient freedom on the using of the land, for a term of 30 years”. … Continue reading

Can China feed itself again?


The short answer is yes, but… In an earlier article I explained how China built the Three Gorges dam, and flooded enough land to reduce its production by a substantial amount, forcing China to import an ever increasing amount from the EU.  I also suggested that China could increase production at home by following the … Continue reading

China food production


There is trouble researching information or finding a historical timeline to see when the last time China was able to produce enough food to feed itself, but it is safe to say it was some time before Communism set in. Under Mao we know that 43 million people died, like when he had people go … Continue reading

U.S. barnyards help China super-size food production


Inside a dimly lit barn in northeast Indiana, where the air smells faintly of corn and earth, the future of China’s food supply is squealing for attention. Continue reading

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