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U.S.-China Agricultural Trade: Constraints And Potential


  • Wailes, Eric J.
  • Fang, Cheng
  • Tuan, Francis C.


China's agricultural trade expanded rapidly following economic reforms and the open-door policy adopted in the late 1970s. The composition of agricultural trade with China follows its labor-abundant and land-scarce resource endowment with imports of bulk and processed intermediates and exports of consumer-ready and processed goods. Constraints on U.S.-China agricultural trade include tariffs, state trading, food security policies, and other nontariff barriers. Growth potential is based on China's fundamental demand forces including the world's largest population, a high real-income growth rate, an emerging urban middle class, and further trade reforms to be implemented through accession to the World Trade Organization.

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  • Wailes, Eric J. & Fang, Cheng & Tuan, Francis C., 1998. "U.S.-China Agricultural Trade: Constraints And Potential," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 0(Number 1), pages 1-14, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:15092

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    1. Kevin Chen & Lian Xu & Yufeng Duan, 2000. "Ex-Post competitiveness of China's export in agri-food products: 1980-96," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(3), pages 281-294.
    2. Cheng Fang & Frank H. Fuller, 1998. "Feed-Grain Consumption by Traditional Pork-Producing Households in China," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 98-wp203, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
    3. Cheng Fang & Frank H. Fuller, 1998. "Feed-Grain Consumption by Traditional Pork-Producing Households in China," Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) Publications 98-wp203, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at Iowa State University.
    4. Gale, Fred & Hansen, James & Jewison, Michael, 2015. "China’s Growing Demand for Agricultural Imports," Economic Information Bulletin 198800, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

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