China, Gmos, and World Trade in Agricultural and Textile Products

CIES Discussion Paper No. 0126

24 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2001

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Kym Anderson

University of Adelaide - Centre for International Economic Studies (CIES); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Australian National University

Shunli Yao

University of International Business and Economics

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Date Written: August 2001

Abstract

China, GMOs, and world trade in agricultural and textile products China has always strived for self-sufficiency in farm products, particularly staple foods. Its rapid industrialization following its opening up to global markets during the past two decades has been making that more difficult, and its accession to the WTO may add to that difficulty. New agricultural biotechnologies could ease that situation. However, the adoption and spread of some of those biotechnologies in agriculture have raised concerns, particularly over the environmental and food safety effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This paper focuses on possible implications of the GMO controversy for China, since it is prospectively not only a major producer and consumer of GM farm products but also a potential exporter of some of them. It explores the potential economic effects of China not adopting versus adopting GMOs when some of its trading partners adopt that technology. The effects are shown to depend to a considerable extent on the trade policy stance taken in high-income countries opposed to GMOs and/or to liberalization of China's trade in textiles and apparel.

Keywords: GMOs, trade policy, import ban, China, WTO

JEL Classification: C68, D58, F13, O3, Q17, Q18

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Kym and Yao, Shunli, China, Gmos, and World Trade in Agricultural and Textile Products (August 2001). CIES Discussion Paper No. 0126. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=280259 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.280259

Kym Anderson

University of Adelaide - Centre for International Economic Studies (CIES) ( email )

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Shunli Yao (Contact Author)

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China
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