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Be wary: China may be dictating what you eat and what you don't. In fact, China may begin deciding whether or not you will be able to eat at all.
China is constructing a "food silk route," which will govern the majority of the world's agriculture. China seizes control of the world's food supply chains. And, in the near future, Beijing may begin to use food as a weapon to punish its adversaries. As a result, the most crucial commodity for the human species may become scarce.
Why does China aim to have a monopoly on global food supply chains?
China has historically been concerned about its food producing capacities. China has around 19% of the world's population yet just 10% of the world's arable land. As a result, the numbers for Chinese agriculture just do not add up.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has only exacerbated the situation. Mao Zedong's'smash sparrow' campaign annihilated what remained of Chinese agriculture.
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However, 2021 was a very poor year for China. Tang Renjian, China's Agriculture Minister, stated last month that "China confronts significant difficulties in food production as a result of the unexpected floods last autumn." "Many farming specialists and technologists advised us that crop conditions this year could be the worst in history," the Minister stated.
As a result, President Xi Jinping prioritizes food security and invests heavily in global agriculture production.
China is attempting to take over African agriculture.
You've probably heard of China's efforts to seize Africa's resources and mineral wealth under Xi Jinping's leadership. China is attempting to seize all of Africa's resources, including cobalt, oil, and copper. However, few people are aware that China is also attempting to take over African agriculture.
Africa is home to 60% of the world's arable land, putting it at the epicenter of global agriculture.
As a result, China has been attempting to invest extensively in African agriculture for some years. With this goal in mind, the China-Africa Agricultural Cooperation Strategy was launched. According to the website of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, the collaboration strategy intends to "use China's public and private resources (financing, product and technology, knowledge) to ignite, scale, and maintain inclusive agriculture reform."
China has made inroads into three of Africa's most arable countries: Mauritius, Rwanda, and Tongo. In 2021, it signed a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Mauritius, with a focus on the country's agriculture industry. Similarly, China invested about $300 million in Rwanda, with the majority of the funds directed toward the agricultural sector. Similarly, commerce between China and Tongo increased to $380 million in the first half of 2021. Agriculture is once again fueling Chinese trade in the country.
Even in Nigeria, Africa's fastest expanding economy, the Chinese have picked agriculture as the primary industry for investment.
Africa is strategically vital for China to provide food security, including avocados, sesame seeds, chillies, and cashews. According to the Chinese Embassy in Sudan, "China will provide "green lanes" for African agricultural exports to China, establish a platform for China-Africa private investment promotion, and provide credit facilities and trade finance to Africa."
China imports a lot from Russia.
Meanwhile, China has discovered a way to gain access to Russia, a significant producer of agricultural goods. Russia and Ukraine account for over 30% of the world's traded wheat.
As a result, China found it easy to ease limitations on Russian wheat imports once the Ukraine crisis erupted. Then, according to the CCP mouthpiece Global Times, "China considerably raised its imports of some Russian agricultural items such as rapeseed oil and beef, with a year-on-year growth of 56 and 210 percent, respectively."
How could China destabilize the global food supply chain?
There are two elements at work here:
1. Increased Chinese food imports are anticipated to cause food shortages and price inflation.
2. China may seize control of African agriculture and land. As a result, Beijing may begin to weaponize its hold over food resources.
The issue isn't that China is attempting to import food. The actual issue is that China is attempting to take over agriculture in some of the world's most important food-producing regions. Consider a future in which China controls the majority of the world's agricultural production and imports and hoards a significant portion of the world's food production.
As a result of China's hunger, the globe could face a severe food crisis. Self-sufficient countries, such as India, can easily avoid a disaster of this magnitude. Small, import-dependent economies, on the other hand, may suffer as a result of China's bold drive to control global food supply chains.