Leaders of China’s regime frequently stress the importance of food security. This issue was also discussed during the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s 20th Congress. But, China’s food imports this year have fallen sharply compared to last year.

V-Daum news agency cited a report by China Customs saying that China’s food imports from January to September this year were over 114,000,000 tons, down 10.5% from the same period last year.

Soybean imports, which account for 60 percent of China’s total food imports, were down 6.6 percent year-on-year. Corn imports fell 25.9%, while imports of wheat and barley also fell 12.8% and 48.8% year-on-year, respectively.

According to V-Daum, the decrease in food imports is understood to be due to the Chinese regime’s change in policy. As world grain prices skyrocketed after Russia invaded Ukraine, China pushed for measures to reduce its dependence on foreign food.

Chinese authorities have adopted various supportive policies to expand the cultivated area, such as subsidies for the agricultural industry and increasing grain purchase prices.

At a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee last December, the Chinese Communist Party’s general secretary Xi Jinping said that the granary of the Chinese people is always firmly in China’s grasp.

The U.S and the west are promoting activities to decouple China’s regime. The CCP wants to be self-sufficient in food to avoid dependence on the rest of the world in this situation. However, droughts and natural disasters have repeatedly appeared in China recently. This has severely affected food production.

While China’s food imports, in general, fell sharply, rice imports increased by 41.1%. The reason is that rice land in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, which supplies more than 65% of rice to China, suffered from severe drought due to prolonged extreme heat waves over the past summer.

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