Analysis of physical flows in primary commodity trade: A case study in China

Tao Ma, Bo Li, Changming Fang, Bin Zhao, Yiqi Luo, Jiakuan Chen

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How globalization and international trade affect sustainable development and environment has attracted worldwide attention. Associated with the import and export of primary commodities, ecologically important materials have been exchanged among regions and countries. China, having the largest population in the world and the highest economic growth rate in last decades, may have an important influence on global sustainable development through the trade of primary commodities. Using the data from Almanac of China's Foreign Economic Relations and Trade, we analyzed material flows in the trade of primary commodity in China from 1950 to 2001. Our analysis shows that: (1) China has turned from a net exporter of primary commodities to a net importer; (2) minerals and fuels have been the major imports of primary commodities since 1992, just as well as foods and minerals did in 1980s; (3) most of the net imported primary commodities come from Oceania, Africa and Latin America.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-81
Number of pages9
JournalResources, Conservation and Recycling
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • Physical flow
  • Primary commodity trade
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Economics and Econometrics


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