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  1. Guo Chen

    China has new tech to farm crops in its western desert. China is planning to farm man made islands too. So don't go to bother China about the South china sea.

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  2. Guo Chen

    China has a big poputation and less space for manufacturing, logistics and food production. While you are asking why? China has many leased farmlands in many continents, even in Russia.
    Close to the Great fertile lands of Russia, China will never go hungry. Never

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  3. hervé vincent

    l'agriculture chinoise est au contraire la plus efficiente au monde : au shandong par exemple, les agriculteurs récoltent en moyenne 150 qx par hectares tous les ans ( 75 qx de blé suivi de 75qx de maÏs ) … dans le sud du pays, les riz hybrides permettent de récolter 10 tonnes de riz par hectares et parfois , trois récoltes sont possibles dans l'années . dans le nord ouset aride , les millets hybride permettent de récolter 100 qx par hectare sans irrigation .
    l'agriculture chinoise a influencé les européens au 17ième siècle : les jésuites, expliquèrent ce qu'ils avaient vu en chine . au lieu de laisser le sol en jachère une année sur deux comme on le faisait en europe, les chinois intercalaient de nombreuses culture qui se suivaient les unes aux autres rapidement. et la plupart de ces cultures, misent en rang au lieu d'être semée à la volée , était sarclée … méthodes qui permettaient de nourrir une population bien plus nombreuse qu'en europe. cette description aboutit à mettre au point dans les flandres puis en angleterre, ce qui resta à la postérité sous le nom de " rotation de norfolk " : intercalement de céréales ( blé , puis orge ou avoine ) avec une culture fourragère de trèfle et une culture sarclée de navet . la production fit un bond, ce qui permit de dégager " l'accumulation primitive " donnant naissance en angleterre , au capitalisme européen .
    aujourd'hui, encore, bien plus que le modèle anglosaxon basée sur le système latifundiaire, la spéculation et l'escroquerie des OGM, l'agriculture chinoise est LE modèle qui va s'imposer au monde de demain , qui devra nourrir 10 milliards d'être humain …

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  4. Musa Fawundu

    As far as Economist is concerned, one has to follow the letter of the law of comparative advantage and free market capitalism without question.

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  5. 忽悠扑火的

    Ridiculous. This video suggests China should import cheap agricultural goods to free farmers from land. Marvelous, so who is going to provide new jobs for farmers?

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  6. Walter Black

    Small inefficient farms keep people occupied. Would you rather have masses of homeless people hanging around the city, as in the USA, or always have a farm that they can go back to if things get rough?

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  7. Danto Johnson

    Once a communist always a communist! China may have embraced capitalism but at their heart they don't really understand it like we from the West do.

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  8. sstchan924

    When a worker loses his job for any length of time in America he eventually becomes homeless. A Chinese migrant worker would return home with family and has a subsistent vegetable garden for food. He is not as hopeless as his counter part in America.

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  9. fot ppd

    what nonsese is this?
    one of the many benefits china has is its agrigulture witch granted them with by FAR the worlds greatest number of vegitable production.
    it is one of the greatest benefits a nation can ask for and thanks to their farmers and peasants most vegitables in your plate are from chinese origin.
    plus it boosted their economical strength further more and the fact they continue to work so well even today is a proof of the chinese superior agricultural capabilities and they are to be respected for such a thing.

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  10. The Cybernet

    China subsidizes their farmers because they need to be self-sustainable in the event of a foreign blockade. This is especially true since America and their western cronies control the great majority of the "international market". Also China has more than enough money for subsidies, as after all, they are a socialist country.

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  11. Yuri Victorius

    Your reasoning is wrong. It's not the belief that China must produce most if not all the foods it needs that caused inefficiency, but in reverse.

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  12. Robert Yi

    You would think economist would have a better understanding of Chinese socio economic reasoning of its actions. China's rural policy has been inefficient in order to hold back overwhelming labor on to its coastal cities

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