A garlic farmer in Jinxiang county, in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, heart of the world’s largest garlic growing region. Photo: Xinhua

Did the US-China trade war start with a court case about Chinese garlic?

  • Exporter Xu Mingju accused of flouting US anti-dumping duties having initially lost his job as a professor of sociology in the wake of the 9/11 attacks
  • He took undercover footage of prisoners peeling garlic in Jinxiang, and handed the footage to the makers of the Netflix documentary series, ‘Rotten’
Topic |   China economy

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A garlic farmer in Jinxiang county, in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, heart of the world’s largest garlic growing region. Photo: Xinhua
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Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham has been reporting on Asian trade since 2014. Prior to this, he covered global trade and economics in London. He joined the Post in 2018, before which he was Asia Editor at Global Trade Review and Trade Correspondent for the International Business Times.