IN the years of the Cultural Revolution, when the bamboo curtain separated the world's most populous country from the rest of the globe, the idea of sending bulk agricultural exports to China would have seemed laughable. Even today, Chinese export markets buy up a fraction of British farming produce, but in the future, this could change.

Not only is China becoming richer and developing into an industrial power with increasingly large cities to feed, but it is opening up to the world. This month (September) an international political ...

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