China has been importing farm products at high volume this year, apparently to take advantage of relatively stable global prices and replenish its depleting food stocks.
China’s imports are expected to continue unabated in the coming months, but this massive import drive hasn’t benefited India.
Between March and October,imports of wheat shot up by almost 232% year on year. Those of pork jumped by 135%. Corn imports increased by 102% to 6.9 million tonne. These are not products which India exports in volume.
China had imposed several curbs on trade in January and February this year in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.