China has sided with India over wheat export bans, saying the West just wants to change the blame

Amid criticism from the West for imposing wheat export bans, China has come to India’s defense. An article in the Chinese government’s mouthpiece, the Global Times, defended India’s decision and asked the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations, if they were so quick to criticize India, why not increase exports themselves and stabilize food market supply. .

The statement came after German Agriculture Minister Sem Ozdemi told a news conference in Stuttgart: “If everyone starts imposing export restrictions or closing markets, it will only make the crisis worse.”

The Global Times report adds that, obviously, the G7’s performance was poor.

It states that although India is the second largest wheat producer, it accounts for a small portion of global wheat exports, while some countries such as the United States, Canada, the EU and Australia are major wheat exporters.

“If some Western countries decide to reduce wheat exports in the face of a potential global food crisis, they will not be in a position to criticize India, a country that is under tremendous pressure to ensure its own food supply to feed its large population,” the article said. .

It says the main reasons for “rising food prices in the world market and food shortages” are the crisis in Ukraine and Western sanctions on Russia.

“Blaming India will not solve the food problem, although there is no denying that India’s move to halt wheat exports could push up wheat prices a bit. The West just wants to blame developing economies, including India, “he said.

The Global Times reports that each country needs to increase local food production and reduce its dependence on imported grain “in the face of an improved food crisis”. It says China has also felt the pinch of rising food prices. The Chinese government has implemented a policy to counter the impact.

The article states that the United States and its allies have made efforts to maintain their global dominance and protect their interests. “As a result, the interests of developing countries often lag behind,” it argued.

It added that developing countries have a strong incentive to take strong action because they are more vulnerable than developed countries. It called for strengthening cooperation between developing countries.

The article goes on to say that it is not yet clear whether India, China and other countries will play a major role in the global food supply chain. It welcomes the G7 countries to join efforts in tackling the global supply crisis.

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