Wang Xiangwei
Wang Xiangwei
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

China Briefing by Wang Xiangwei

Why soaring pork prices are a touchy problem for China’s leaders

  • An outbreak of African swine fever has caused prices of the staple food to rise nearly 50 per cent in a year
  • This threatens to sour the mood for national celebrations, from the Mid-Autumn Festival to Lunar New Year, as efforts to fix the crisis are too little, too late

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Cary Huang
Cary Huang
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

Sino File by Cary Huang

Xi Jinping’s biggest headache isn’t Hong Kong. It’s the price of pork in China

  • Rocketing food prices make a mockery of Xi’s ‘Chinese dream’ and threaten widespread discontent
  • The Communist Party’s policies contributed to the crisis by shifting imports from the US and Canada to Russia

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