Should China Try to Feed Itself?

An aerial view of the fish farms in the countryside next to Hefei, in central China's Anhui province AFP via Getty Images

For China’s leaders, there was one problem in an otherwise benign inflation report for April. First, the good news: The consumer price index rose 2.4 percent, about in line with economists’ expectations. While inflation accelerated from 2.1 percent in March, the April figure is still well below the government’s target of 3.5 percent for the year.

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