China’s food security push poses threat to US, officials warn – RT World News

A new government report claims that Beijing’s agricultural policy could be dangerous for the United States

According to a federal agency focused on trade with Beijing, China’s efforts to achieve food security represent a threat to the United States. Officials have warned that Chinese companies could try to steal intellectual property, cut Washington’s food export profits, weaken American supply chains and even target US genetically modified crops with biological warfare.

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission Center released a report this week “China’s interest in US agriculture” And say that Beijing “Increasing food security through foreign investment” After encountering “Challenge” In recent years.

“The Chinese government’s internal efforts, however, are not enough to solve China’s problems.” The report concludes that Beijing is now looking abroad “To address its needs through investment and acquisition of farm land, animal husbandry, agricultural equipment, and intellectual property (IP), especially GM. [genetically modified] Seeds. “

These efforts present a number of risks to US economic and national security.

Arguing that China “Hungry” For American intellectual property, the document warns of potential “Military appeal” Agricultural technology, even suggests that the People’s Liberation Army may one day try to wage a biological war against genetically modified American crops.

“While China’s main interest in getting GM seeds from the United States is to improve its crop yields, the potential armament of agricultural IP is possible,” he said. That said. “Similar to hacking computer code, Beijing could easily hack U.S. GM seed code or DNA and conduct biological warfare by creating some blight that could destroy U.S. crops.”

The report cites more global concerns over the US supply chain, saying Beijing could achieve. “Unnecessary leverage” And through his investments in the American economy “US competition in agricultural technology erodes.”

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“In addition, the illegal acquisition of China’s GM seeds provides a jump start in the development of China’s own seeds, depriving U.S. companies of revenue and exploring vulnerabilities in U.S. crops.” The commission added.

Washington’s warning comes amid a growing international food crisis in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, as well as widespread Western sanctions. Russia and its neighbors, both major agricultural exporters, supply large quantities of their crops to some countries.

Although U.S. and allied officials have pinned food grain and fertilizer shortages only in Moscow, China has recently pushed those allegations before the United Nations, pointing to Western economic sanctions.

“Sanctions will not only bring peace but will only accelerate the spread of the crisis, triggering a massive food, energy and financial crisis around the world.” Earlier this month, China’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Dai Bing spoke.

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