New analysis has shone a spotlight on China’s growing food insecurity, driven by water shortages, natural disasters, polluted soil and demographic change. So, can China feed itself in a conflict?
In June, a Defence Connect analysis pulled apart Europe’s unravelling energy crisis, driven by a reduction of imports of gas from Russia and the premature closure of traditional baseload power systems. The results of Europe’s energy crisis have concerned national security analysts the world over, with producer prices in Germany increasing by 33.6 percent between May 2021 and 2022 – thus adding further burden onto the already strained budgets of militaries and defence businesses alike.
Food, likewise, is essential to a state’s war readiness.
Recent research published by the US Army University Press’ Military Review unpacked China’s primary agricultural trends to determine whether the CCP would be able to feed the nation’s population in the event of a prolonged war.