China Policy Institute Blog

Food safety challenges call for big changes in Chinese food companies

Written by Nicoletta Ferro. Ensuring food security, in terms of ongoing availability of food provisions, has always been one of the top priorities in the Chinese government agenda. Memories of the Great Famine are still vivid in the mind of many Chinese and while the country has succeeded in combating hunger and gained food self-sufficiency, concerns …

Reducing Food Waste to Boost China’s Long-term Food Security

Written by Zhang-Yue Zhou. What is food waste? According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, food waste at the consumption stage is the food discarded which is still suitable for human consumption. Food waste at the consumption stage in China is enormous. According to China’s Bureau of State Grains, food wasted each …

Duck-rice, honey bees and mandarins

Written by Kathleen Buckingham.  When asked to name a restoration project in China, the likelihood is that the Loess Plateau will come to mind. The hilly, semi-arid region in north-central China is roughly the size of Afghanistan. Thousands of years of farming, which intensified during the Cultural Revolution, left the former grasslands degraded and eroded. Food production …

China’s environment, modernisation and investigative reporting

Written by Jingrong Tong. In a recent book I examined environmental risk discourses constructed through environmental investigative reports and their contribution to offsetting the hegemonic discourse of modernisation promulgated by the Chinese state. I analysed the practices and outputs of environmental investigative journalism, discourses on environmental problems as well as the interaction between offline reporting and online …

The Three Gorges Dam: China’s Clean Energy Hero or Villain?

Written by Christopher Dent. Hydropower remains by far the world’s dominant renewable energy source for producing electricity, still well over twice the combined installed global capacity of wind and solar. China accounts for over a quarter of worldwide hydropower installed worldwide, having embarked on the world’s most ambitious large dam-building programme since the 1990s. By …

Fighting the Water Giant: Lawsuits against Veolia in China

Written by Wang Xinhong and Hermann Aubié. One month ago in Lanzhou, a heavily industrialized city of 3.6 million people in the northwestern province of Gansu, a district court accepted the filing of four lawsuits by fourteen citizens against Lanzhou Veolia Water Company after almost a year of struggle. From “Rumour” to Reality The cause …

China’s Twin Quests for Energy Security and Low-carbon Transition

Written by Guy C.K. Leung. Another round of the UN climate conference will be held in New York on 23 September, and it is a good time to review the energy governance of the world’s biggest carbon emitter, and its implication for global climate change. China faces an “energy dilemma” as it seeks to ensure continuity …

Climate Change Legislation: China Has Politics, Too

Written by Terry Townshend. National legislation is often cited as a critical element of a credible and effective international response to climate change. National laws not only help to create the political conditions that enable an international climate change agreement to be reached but, once the new agreement is sealed, it is national legislation that will put …

GM in China: ‘Paranoia’ and public opinion

Written by Sam Geall. Biosafety certificates permitting Chinese researchers to grow genetically modified rice and corn expired last week, with little indication that the Ministry of Agriculture will renew them. The certificates, issued in 2009, concerned two types of Bt rice, which express a gene of the bacillus thuringiensis bacterium, conferring pest resistance, and phytase …

GM-modified Corn, Protectionism and Normal China

Written by Tyler Rooker. On December 20th close to 600 thousand tons of corn from the US was denied entry to China on the basis that it was genetically-modified with MIR 162, a version of corn that does not have a “security certificate” in China. Last month, 60 thousand tons of the same GM corn …