posted on Apr, 9 2003 @ 12:52 AM
OK a couple of bits of silliness to get rid of: the Chinese may, or may not, copulate like rabbits; but they certainly do not reproduce in a leporine
China has a rigidly enforced ìone childî family: concessions are made only if a huge amount of extra tax is paid. My work every day brings me into
contact with very affluent Chinese whose ìguan xiî ( pronounce ìsheeî) - the uniquely Chinese blend of "clout" "pull" muscle" and ""influence"
-is big: they have access to large amounts of hard currency! Almost without exception they are one-child families.
Next: food. China is more than capable of feeding itself: indeed it produces too much food and is therefore constantly at loggerheads with the Japs
over export regulations. It is also having to address over-production of certain foodstuffs, notably wheat. When China was short of wheat
tax-incentives were offered: the rascally Chiense peasants therefore turned to massive wheat cultivation.
Donít believe me (much as I generally deprecate Ctrl+V) here is the USDA ñas of now -
ìFor a country with nearly 1.3 billion consumers and limited natural resources, Chinaís level of food imports is surprisingly low. China is nearly
self-sufficient in food and is a major net exporter of many food products, including manufactured food and beverages, animal products, vegetables,
fish and seafood, tea, and fruits (table B-2). Chinaís agricultural exports go primarily to neighboring Asian countries, including Japan and South
Korea, which are also among the top markets for U.S. agricultural products.
China first, America second
Food share of exports Percent 6 8
Food share of imports Percent 4 5î
As youíll see, China imports less food than the US (as a percentage of imports) ñ and remember that much of this would be termed ìmedicineî elsewhere
ñ and exports 75% as much
A little more verbatim from the Department of Agriculture.
ìFood insecurity, however, is not a problem for most of Chinaís population. Chinaís per capita food supply, measured by calories per person per day,
was 8 percent above the world average in 1999 (fig. B-2). Famine and food insecurity were common in Chinaís past, but food consumption and food
availability have soared since economic reforms began in the late 1970s.î
OK that's settled now: now on to North Korea.
[Edited on 9-4-2003 by Estragon]