While China’s socio-economic landscape has been transformed over several decades of uninterrupted growth, it now faces significant domestic and international risks and constraints — such as labour insecurity and imbalances, environmental constraints and rising climatic risks, and food insecurity. China’s citizens are demanding a higher standard of living. The ninth CIGI Junior Fellows policy brief in the series, authored by Alexandre Catta, Aladdin Diakun and Clara Yoon, explores the instability of China’s food supply (particularly soy beans) and offers recommendations to major soy producers to set aside reserves to help mitigate supply shocks. The authors also recommend that manufacturers operating in or with China begin mapping their supply chains to identify vulnerabilities, and that international actors open more dialogue channels to prevent China from externalizing internal stresses.

The CIGI Junior Fellows program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs provides masters level students with mentorship opportunities from senior scholars and policy makers. Working under the direction of a project leader, each junior fellow conducts research in one of CIGI’s program areas. This series presents those policy briefs that met CIGI’s publications standards.