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China’s grain scarcity fears say more about uncertain relations with the US than food supply

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[unable to retrieve full-text content]In late 1960s and early 1970s, when China was on the brink of war with a military superpower, the Soviet Union, chairman Mao Zedong borrowed a line from the first emperor of the Ming dynasty and rolled out a nationwide policy that was memorised by every Chinese peasant and worker: dig tunnels deep, store grains everywhere.For Chinese who lived through that period – the generation of my parents and grandparents – the warning about possible food scarcity was horrifying, as it stirred memories of…

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In late 1960s and early 1970s, when China was on the brink of war with a military superpower, the Soviet Union, chairman Mao Zedong borrowed a line from the first emperor of the Ming dynasty and rolled out a nationwide policy that was memorised by every Chinese peasant and worker: dig tunnels deep, store grains everywhere.For Chinese who lived through that period – the generation of my parents and grandparents – the warning about possible food scarcity was horrifying, as it stirred memories of…
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