China is desperately struggling to fill a market gap that could see as many as 200 million pigs lost to disease or slaughter, according to a study from Rabobank. Photo: Reuters

China’s African swine fever outbreak and US trade war combine to create perfect storm for Chinese economy

  • Beijing placed 50-70 per cent tariffs on US pork imports to punish farm states that support US President Donald Trump
  • But with African swine fever threatening 200 million pigs, the biggest consumer of pork in the world is facing a shortage as demand and prices rise
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China is desperately struggling to fill a market gap that could see as many as 200 million pigs lost to disease or slaughter, according to a study from Rabobank. Photo: Reuters
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Farmer Mark Catterton drives a John Deere Harvester while harvesting soybeans during his fall harvest on October 19, 2018 in Owings, Maryland. Photo: Agence France-Presse

In US-China trade war, voters in rural America are suffering the most

  • Midwest and plains farm states hit hardest by Chinese tariffs, as China seeks to target Trump supporters
  • Illinois suffered most, with its exports to China falling 33 per cent last year, while exports from Minnesota were also badly hit
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Farmer Mark Catterton drives a John Deere Harvester while harvesting soybeans during his fall harvest on October 19, 2018 in Owings, Maryland. Photo: Agence France-Presse
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