Rural Vitalisation and Foreign Policy

  • Prachi Aggarwal


Rural vitalisation has been one of the major themes of the 19th CPC National Congress. Officially, Document No. 1 has always been devoted to agriculture and rarely promoted policies except in the most routine manner. However, as China seeks to establish its ‘new normal’ in economic growth, it has established the revival of agriculture as one of its top eight priorities. Food has been an important aspect of the Chinese psyche, which is now being reflected in its political leadership as well. President Xi Jinping has been vociferous about his position of linking Chinese food with Chinese prestige. As China rises, it has begun to emerge as a major investor in agriculture in other countries. With the BRI, China seems to be utilising it to achieve all levels of security especially of food and energy. Can China utilise its foreign policy ambitions to support its domestic basic needs? Can China maintain its motto of self-sufficiency in food? In short, can China’s moribund agriculture sector receive a new lease of life and how are its overseas investments in agriculture contributing?


Agriculture Rural vitalisation Investments Belt and Road initiative State-owned enterprises Economic statecraft 


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  • Prachi Aggarwal
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  1. 1.Sanchi University of Buddhist Indic StudiesSanchiIndia

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