Ling Zhu

Ling Zhu is Deputy Director of the Institute of Economics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.

Since 2007, global food and energy prices have been increasing steeply, hitting economies reliant on energy and food imports with great force like a "silent tsunami". Rising food costs have led to social unrest in some 30 countries. Food and energy security is more closely connected with political stability than ever before. How to balance food security and energy needs is becoming a burning topic in the international community.