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Changing standards reflect increased focus on quality for Chinese grains industry

Speaking at the Australian Grains Industry Conference (AGIC) last week in Melbourne Erlend Ek, agricultural researcher with analysis business China Policy, said there had been a significant shift in official Chinese policy regarding food security. 'Since 2013 there has been a move away from attempting to be self-sufficient in food production to strengthening food stability, which has implications for grain imports.'

China deadline for dairy exporters of infant formula

The new requirements were issued last year, and Beijing-based research body China Policy said that at a recent meeting organised by the CFDA the authorities stressed that the grace period would not be extended. So far, the meeting heard, 665 applications had been received by the CFDA from 75 Chinese and 26 international companies. The organisation had requested further information from 168 of the applications from 42 of the companies, both domestic and foreign.

lessons of the Crown Resorts China affair

Nicholas advises businesses planning to enter the Chinese market to consider Australian Chamber membership, employing law firms, management consultancies or public affairs firms, and services such as Beijing-based but Australian-owned China Policy, and to establish a China advisory board.

Australian Grains Industry Conference: Be wary of China reforms

Australian grain exporters will need to be wary of new disease and import standards in China as its Government starts to implement a range of revolutionary food safety and agriculture policy reforms. That’s according to Beijing-based Chinese policy specialist Erlend Ek who spoke at yesterday’s Australian Grains Industry Conference in Melbourne.

Is China’s Xi Jinping Removing Possible Successors?

President Xi Jinping has moved decisively and unexpectedly against one of the top 25 Communist Party officials in the Politburo, Sun Zhengcai, once seen as a possible successor. Sun Zhengcai was once seen as a high flyer in the Chinese Communist Party. He and one other were marked out in 2012 as likely successors to President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in 2022, when a handover to a successor generation is supposed to take place.

why China’s sending mixed messages

Beijing-based analysts China Policy pointed out that despite the need to streamline the bloated state-owned sector, the conservatively inclined State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission has re-assumed the leading role in overseeing this process from the more reform-minded Finance Ministry.

Why China Is Snatching Land from U.S. Farmers

And while the country may look huge on a map, only 11% of Chinese land can be farmed, according to a 2016 report from Mercola. When you combine that with China's huge population of over 1.3 billion people, you've got a recipe for a food disaster. "There could be massive social unrest if they screw up the agriculture industry," said Erlend Ek, an agriculture expert at the China Policy research firm, to Time.

Winding back the China Solution

The cluster of foreign policy initiatives labelled the 'China Solution' has evolved over the past two years, from a strategy that spoke to the aspirations of a still dev­eloping China to those of a nascent major global power. Brexit and the election of US President Donald Trump precipitated a dramatic rise, at least in the rhetorical temperature.

Efecto MSCI impulsa plaza bursátil china a máximo de más de un año

For all the enthusiasm that was generated in yesterday’s stock market session, China Policy Research Manager Wang Xinling has her doubts. The impact of PRC shares’ inclusion in the MSCI index, she said in Beijing, was ‘more emotional than real’. The inclusion of the titles, for the specialist, is mainly a moral victory. ‘Given the government has lobbied so much for incorporation into the indicator’, she said, ‘MSCI’s recognition is significant for domestic morale’.

China approves imports of new US-developed GM crops

China only approved a single new variety of GM crop for import last year. 'Already this year we have had more progress than last year. Clearly it’s linked to the 100-day plan with the US,' said Even Pay, an agriculture analyst at Beijing-based consultancy China Policy. China’s demand for soyabeans has skyrocketed in the past decade because of rising meat consumption, which has fuelled the animal feed industry.

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor plan is OBOR flagship: Chinese President Xi Jinping

Xi pledged $124 billion in financial assistance, double of what the World Bank lent in 2016, for OBOR. The plan involves building six economic corridors including CPEC criss-crossing different parts of Asia and Europe. 'China needs India's participation more than it needs the United States,' David Kelly, director of geopolitics at Beijing-based consulting firm, China Policy, told news agencies. 'It does not serve China's image and strategic interests to establish linkages in distant places while being unable to mend fences in its neighbourhood,' Kelly said, adding that India would not lose much by skipping the event. 'India's development pattern follows a different rhythm compared to China. India will continue to grow at its own pace regardless of whether it joins or not,' he said.

Voor de ‘nieuwe zijderoute’ maakt China nieuwe vrienden

…but reality is stubborn. Inside China's borders enough is happening: local governments are used to working in vague policy frameworks and seizing the opportunity to set up new freight routes or build industrial parks. 'There is no clear definition. At this moment everything can be called Belt and Road,' says David Kelly, research director at think tank China Policy in Beijing.