The contradictions of China's GM policy
In this article, Colin Macilwain investigates this seemingly contradictory policy on transgenic crops. Chinese researchers cite 'public concerns' about biosafety, as well as doubts that export markets in Europe and elsewhere would accept GM food.
But circumstances suggest an alternative explanation: that the Chinese government is exploiting the biosafety issue to frustrate the commercial ambitions of Western agribiotech firms, because it realises that its own research programme needs more time to catch up.
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Reference: Nature 422, 111 (2003)