Back to work after COVID, China is experiencing widespread food shortages. Post-pandemic, a combination of historic flooding and drought has caused China's leadership to worry about food supplies, and take action. Limitations on banquets and requests from local cadres to skip a patriotic meal have been widely reported. This past winter, the world watched China struggle with COVID before it literally went viral. Could China be the vanguard of a global food shortage caused not by aggregate supply, but by distribution bottlenecks? I believe that this new crisis is the reason that China is coming back to the negotiating table with the US for the Phase I trade talks, a partial retrenchment of its new
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