A Chinese vendor serves a customer at her pork stall in Beijing. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Rising pork prices fuelling discontent in mainland China

  • The increase in the price of a staple brought on by the African swine fever outbreak is a reminder that a small livelihood issue, if not properly handled, can develop into a big political problem

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A Chinese vendor serves a customer at her pork stall in Beijing. Photo: EPA-EFE
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China is in the grip of an African swine fever epidemic that could wipe out half its pig population by the end of the year, with officials also scrambling to ratchet up pork imports to help fill the gap. Photo: AP

China tapping national pork reserves will not satisfy shortage of the culturally symbolic meat, analysts warn

  • Use of national reserves shows how deeply crisis has shaken China, where pork is crucial part of the diet and symbol of well-being
  • The nation is in the grip of an African swine fever epidemic that could wipe out half its pig population by the end of the year, analysts warn
Topic |   Food and agriculture

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China is in the grip of an African swine fever epidemic that could wipe out half its pig population by the end of the year, with officials also scrambling to ratchet up pork imports to help fill the gap. Photo: AP
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