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  • Conflict over Cabbages

Conflict over Cabbages

The Reform of Wholesale Marketing in China

Andrew Watson


English , 1992/01 USC Seminar Series Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, CUHK

Tags: China Studies

215 x 140 mm , 41pp ISBN : 9789624417067

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A study of the 'struggle' to deliver the humble Chinese cabbage to the dinner tables of China's urban residents provides insights into the nature of China's reform process, the forces driving the reform agenda, and how China's economy is changing. The reform period since 1978 has seen changes in the pattern of demand and in the organisation and location of production, the growth of new regional linkages, reform of the marketing system, a general trend towards higher prices, and problems caused by inflationary effects and burgeoning government subsidies. These changes have had important consequences for economic and political organisation and for the technical aspects of production, infrastructure and marketing. Producers need new inputs, more services and more information. Institutional systems originally geared towards local self-sufficiency now have to play a role in regional interdependency. The institutional boundaries between production, transport, wholesale and retail which form obstacles to an integrated marketing network have to be swept aside. New mechanisms need to be found to handle the competing interests of producers, consumers, different urban administrations and different ministerial systems.

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