In a rather shocking turn of events, China has instructed its citizens to begin stockpiling food for what it deems to be a difficult winter.
The Economic Daily, controlled by the Chinese Communist party's Central Committee, urged readers not to be alarmed by the ministry's advice but also noted that many households had been caught up in Covid lockdowns without adequate supplies of rice and vegetables. (source)
It was back in September 2021 that China ordered the top state-owned energy companies to begin to secure supplies for Winter 2021 at "all costs". They also urged citizens to stock up on food. (source)
Currently, China is experiencing an energy crisis as they are unable to get enough coal into the country to keep the lights on within many cities. As a result, there is a severe electricity shortage throughout the nation. [source:
And now, as of November 1, China is telling its citizens that they need to stockpile food ahead of Winter 2021.
It all started with a post by the Ministry of Commerce.
This came about from a social media post by China's Ministry of Commerce. Behind the Great Fire Wall, China has its own series of state-monitored social media platforms, one of which is Weibo. This is in essence a version of Twitter, and it was here that the Ministry of Commerce posted that it was encouraging households to stockpile daily necessities in case of emergencies. [source:] H
In specific, the post stated, "Families are encouraged to store a certain amount of daily necessities to meet the needs of daily life and emergencies."