China News Service, Moscow, June 30th. Chinese Ambassador to Russia Zhang Hanhui published a signed article "The Mastermind behind the Global Food Crisis" in Russia's "Argument and Facts" on the 29th.

  The article said that in recent days, with global food prices rising and supply chains blocked, the cloud of food crisis has shrouded the world.

The United Nations World Food Program has warned that humanity may face the "biggest food crisis since World War II", with as many as 1.7 billion people being exposed to the destruction of food, energy and financial systems.

In this regard, on the one hand, the Western countries led by the United States once again hurriedly targeted Russia and China, condemning Russian military actions as a "crime of war famine", and hyping up the so-called "China is hoarding food in excess of its needs" and other fallacies. Russia and China have been accused of creating a food crisis; on the other hand, they have announced a high-profile announcement of hundreds of millions of dollars in global food aid, in an attempt to lead global food security cooperation as a "savior".

But is the truth really what they say?

Who is directing this global food crisis?

  The article first lists several sets of data and points out:

  1. The total amount of grain produced and exported by 12 major grain-producing regions such as the United States, Canada, and the European Union accounts for 70% of the world.

  2. The national grain suppliers of ADM, Bunge, Gaggi and Louis-Dart of France monopolize more than 80% of the global grain trade, control the international grain pricing power, and earn excess profits in the fluctuation of global grain prices.

  3. The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that the global wheat output will increase by 3 million tons this year, and the global corn output will also have a surplus of about 10 million tons. The total global food supply is generally safe.

  4. Russia is the world's major grain exporter and the largest fertilizer exporter.

Since the US and the West imposed sanctions on Russia, the global price index of various fertilizers has risen by more than 30%. The global food price index in May this year increased by 14% compared with February.

The sanctions also triggered a domino effect of restrictions on food exports in many countries, exacerbating the global food crisis.

  5. The more than 2 billion US dollars of food aid announced by the United States to the outside world is actually mostly from the super-rich in the United States, and most of them are empty promises that are difficult to cash. 70% of the total military spending of the two countries.

  6. In the United States, 30% to 40% of grains and 38% of grains are wasted every year. At the same time, when energy prices continue to rise, the United States invests more grains to produce biofuels for profit. Nearly one-third of corn alone is used for biofuels. This causes food and energy prices to push up each other.

  From this, we can draw basic conclusions: First, global grain production and trade, including pricing power, are in the hands of the United States and Western countries and their grain merchants, and developing countries, including China and Russia, do not actually have much say and Influence; second, the lack of global food supply is not a lack of food, but the US and the West's sanctions, export restrictions and other means to attack the normal global food trade, causing an "unbalanced supply crisis"; third, the US and the West do not really care about the suffering of the people of all countries , under the premise of ensuring that their own food is sufficient and enough to waste, they want to use the hype of food security to achieve the multiple purposes of raising prices, maintaining hegemony, and containing China and Russia. Where are they "saviors", but typical "scheming bitches" .

President Putin pointed out that the problem of international food shortages occurred long before Russia's special military operation against Ukraine.

Some countries try to blame Russia for the food crisis. Sanctions against Russia will only make the international fertilizer and food market situation worse.

Russia is willing to export grain and fertilizers to make a positive contribution to overcoming the global food crisis, provided that the US and the West lift sanctions against Russia for political purposes.

This statement gets to the bottom of the problem.

  Food is the first government, and food is safe for the world.

China is the most populous country in the world, and food security is closely related to the national economy and people's livelihood.

President Xi Jinping has emphasized many times that "food security is a strategic issue that cannot be relaxed at any time." China has always adhered to the policy of ensuring basic self-sufficiency in food based on the domestic basis. By 2021, the grain output will remain stable at more than 1.3 trillion catties for seven consecutive years, which is the world's largest. As the largest grain producer and third largest grain exporter, China is fully qualified, capable and confident to rely on its own strength to firmly hold the Chinese people's rice bowl in its own hands. There is no need to go to the international market to stock up on grain.

  While using less than 9% of the world's land to feed one-fifth of the world's population, China has actively demonstrated its responsibility as a major country and contributed Chinese wisdom and Chinese solutions to global food security.

In the global development initiative proposed by China, food security is listed as a key area of ​​cooperation, so as to bring together the greatest synergy for the realization of all sustainable development goals, including food security.

China is also the developing country with the largest amount of financial assistance, the largest number of experts, and the largest number of projects under the FAO South-South Cooperation framework.

Among them, the promotion of Chinese hybrid rice alone will increase the total amount of food in the world by 150 million tons, which can feed 400 to 500 million more people.

During the epidemic, China has continuously provided emergency food aid to the countries most in need, showing true love in adversity, which has been widely praised by the international community.

  The article pointed out that all countries in the world today are a community with a shared future, and food security is related to the sustainable development and future of mankind.

While using food as a diplomatic bargaining chip and a political weapon to artificially create and exacerbate the global food crisis, the biggest victims are still developing countries, and the poorest people in the world are starving.

On this fundamental issue, we urge the United States and the West to take concrete actions to promote the Russia-Ukraine peace talks, lift sanctions against Russia, reduce trade barriers, and ensure the smooth supply of international agricultural products, rather than pouring dirty water on China, Russia and other countries. Take a shared responsibility to maintain global food security.

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