Growth, globalization and upgrading of the Chinese cashmere industry

Waldron, Scott A., Brown, Colin G. and Komarek, Adam M. (2014). Growth, globalization and upgrading of the Chinese cashmere industry. In Louis Augustin-Jean and Björn Alpermann (Ed.), The Political Economy of Agro-Food Markets in China: The Social Construction of the Markets in an Era of Globalization (pp. 257-278) Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9781137277954.0019

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Author Waldron, Scott A.
Brown, Colin G.
Komarek, Adam M.
Title of chapter Growth, globalization and upgrading of the Chinese cashmere industry
Title of book The Political Economy of Agro-Food Markets in China: The Social Construction of the Markets in an Era of Globalization
Place of Publication Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1057/9781137277954.0019
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781137277947
Editor Louis Augustin-Jean
Björn Alpermann
Chapter number 10
Start page 257
End page 278
Total pages 22
Total chapters 11
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Three decades of double-digit export-oriented growth have expanded China’s position in multiple sectors of the global economy. China’s vast manufacturing base and consumer market continues to expand, and Chinese companies have become increasingly pro-active in promoting products and sourcing inputs overseas (Schüler-Zhou and Schüller 2007). Despite the growth and internationalization, however, China’s export sector is still based on the labour-intensive manufacture of low-value products and China is seeking to upgrade its economy by building international competitiveness in higher-value activities (OECD, 2007).

Growth, globalization, and upgrading issues in the broader economy are equally pronounced in agriculture. In addition to having the world’s largest agricultural sector, China is now the world’s largest exporter and second biggest importer of agricultural products (FAOSTAT, accessed April 4, 2012). The imports are not just to meet China’s burgeoning food, fibre, and livestock feed demand. Agriculture-related products account for around three-fifths of the inputs into China’s light industry sector (Ministry of Agriculture, 2004). Like the broader economy, however, Chinese agricultural industries have not developed along a smooth or linear path. The high-value segments of Chinese agricultural industries have remained subdued, industries remain uncoordinated across stages, food safety and adulteration problems are endemic, and state interventions in markets can be counter-productive and distortionary (Delman, 2003; Brown et al., 2005a; Alpermann, 2010; Waldron, 2010; Waldron et al., 2011a).

Thus while many Chinese agricultural industries are growing, there is less understanding on whether they are developing. The drivers and dynamics of China’s development process are discussed in this chapter drawing on principles from global value chain theory.
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Additional Notes "An earlier version of this chapter was presented at the l0th European Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development in China. Aarhus, Denmark, 8-10 April 2011."

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