Food Power in the Context of Sino-American Rivalry



Despite challenges and negative impact on both sides, strong agricultural ties between China and the United States have proven to be mutually beneficial in various aspects: trade balancing, job creation, inflation containment, and diet diversification, among others. Nonetheless, amid growing strategic rivalry between the two sides, food has become increasingly politicized. This chapter observes that with the balance of “food power” shifts in favor of China, which had long worried being a victim of America’s food power, the Chinese government has started to use “food power” as a carrot and a stick to induce acceptable US behaviors.


Powerful Food Inflation Containment US United States Cereals, Oils And Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO) Organization Of The Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) 
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  1. 1.S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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