“Importing products that China needs helps to stabilize domestic prices” and benefits exporters, Chen said at a press conference in Beijing today, referring to corn, rice and wheat. The country should source from both domestic and overseas markets to ensure supply, he said. He didn’t elaborate.
The world’s most-populous nation increased rice imports fourfold while tripling corn purchases last year as rising costs of domestic land and labor made foreign supplies cheaper. China’s purchases, often timed during drops in global markets, may steadily grow and support international prices, said Tommy Xiao, analyst at Shanghai JC Intelligence Co.
“Officials are now speaking in a more realistic fashion that China needs the global market to balance its grain needs,” Xiao said by phone from Shanghai. “China’s needs and choices of consumption will affect global agricultural production for years to come,” he said.
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