China seeks to dominate the world’s food supply: “Food is power”

China seeks to dominate the world’s food supply: “Food is power”

During the pandemic, Americans suffered food shortages as the world's fragile supply chains were affected. While that situation has recovered somewhat, another global event could make that recent experience the new normal.

Two experts warn that a looming battle between the United States and China for control of the world's food supply could become such an event.

This new war is taking place right now – without armies being deployed or shots being fired. It is a global struggle with deadly consequences. Who will dominate the world's food supply?

“Food is power. We have to remember that. And that is very dangerous for the United States,” warned Kip Tom, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for food and agriculture.

Tom explained that China is determined to take control of the African continent. “It's not about mining and critical minerals. It's about agricultural productivity,” he explained.

Gordon Chang, China analyst at the Gatestone Institute, also believes China has a food problem. “Food shortages and self-sufficiency are worsening, and food percentages in China are declining inexorably,” Chang said.

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That's why Shanghai ports are reportedly set to receive a quarter of a million tons of food from Africa this year, valued at over half a billion dollars. The African Union wants to expand trade with Beijing and use Chinese innovations to increase long-term food production.

Thanks to modern agricultural technology, South Africa and Nigeria have become the largest food producers on the continent.

Ambassador Tom suggested that this would lead to a visit by Chinese diplomats to Nigerian officials in August, followed by a trip by President Xi Jinping to South Africa for the BRICS conference.

“The reality is that the Chinese Communist Party is invading every African country, investing in infrastructure and other projects, and exploiting the country's natural resources,” Tom explained. “But their ultimate goal is to make Africa the breadbasket for China so it can feed its 1.4 billion people.”

Chang warns that people should be concerned about China's actions in Africa. “We should be concerned about the United States,” he said.

A future conflict over Taiwan or tariffs and trade disputes could endanger the US food supply.

Threatened regimes often use food as a weapon against their opponents. In the 1990s, people in South Sudan refused to embrace Islam and the government in Khartoum retaliated by withholding food, causing many people to starve.

Chang warns Americans that they should have learned something about food shortages from the COVID-19 pandemic. While U.S. consumers could no longer buy meat in grocery stores, the world's largest pork producer, Chinese company Smithfield Foods, shipped pork to China.

Although Smithfield is not a state-owned company, Chang is convinced that it operated on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party.

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“She had to do what the party wanted,” Chang insisted. “She supplied pork to China, which caused great harm to the United States. So we have a problem at home, very close to home.”

China is also taking steps to reduce its dependence on food grown in the United States. It has turned to Brazil, making it China's largest agricultural exporter, with Brazil providing 20 percent of the country's food supply.

So what can be done in the short term to strengthen the United States’ food security?

Ambassador Tom insists that the country must increase its domestic food production and produce essential agricultural products such as fertilizers and others, rather than sourcing them from adversaries such as Russia, Belarus and China.

“This is a wake-up call. We could become a food power and use that in a way that benefits the United States and our friends and allies around the world,” he said.

Chang argues that China is motivated by the doctrine of tianxia – the belief that the CCP has the right and obligation to rule over everything under heaven.

“China is trying to dominate the food market because it wants to dominate the world,” he explained. “So we have to understand the context and the meaning of what's happening. And we Americans are not good at that. We just ignore what our enemies say. We ignored Osama bin Laden until 9/11, and now we're ignoring the Chinese.”


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