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China's 2020 blueprint to ripple through world (2)

By Cheng Yunjie and Wang Zichen (Xinhua)

08:41, November 12, 2012

From January to September, China's cereal imports (rice, wheat, corn and barley) more than doubled to 11.43 million tonnes, adding the total volume of farm produce imports to 83.6 billion U.S. dollars, up 24.5 percent from the same period last year.

The deficit in China's farm produce trade rose to 38.26 billion U.S. dollars in the nine months, up 61.9 percent year on year, according to statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Restricted by its growing population and limited arable land resources, China must increase agricultural input to meet rising grain crop demand,industrial analysts say.

China is at a disadvantage compared to other major grain producers, such as Australia, America and Brazil, in terms of per capita arable land and water resources, Ge said.

"If the Party honors its commitment to nurture agriculture with industrial proceeds and facilitate innovation on farming technologies, I think we can contribute more to domestic grain supply and the stability of the world farm produce market," said Ge.


The CPC has no intention of checking the country's economic ambitions. It will continue to view economic development as a major job.

At the previous Party congress in 2007, the target of quadrupling the per capita GDP of the year 2000 by 2020 was set. At the ongoing congress, the Party announced that it aims to double the 2010 GDP and per capita income for both urban and rural residents by 2020.

Delegate Zhang Yuyan, chief of the Institute of World Economics and Politics under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the 2020 blueprint shows the Party's down-to-earth spirit and principle of doing its own job well.

Managing to improve people's living standards when China's productivity is low is a test facing the Party, he said.

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