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10 things you didn’t know about China

A shopkeeper organizes cuts of pork in a wet market in Guangzhou. Before African Swine Fever hit in 2018, China was able to produce 97% of its domestic pork needs.
From skyscraper hog houses to a burgeoning ethanol industry, China’s import needs continue to have a big impact on American agriculture.

Pork exports to China have boomed, but that boom could be nearing an end.

U.S. pork exports in 2020 were a record high for the fourth consecutive year, up 17.8% during the first 11 months. The increase was almost entirely due to China. After losing more than half its hog herd from African Swine Fever, the nation was forced to buy pork from overseas as it rebuilt its hog herd.

Click through the images for a few more bits of trivia you might find interesting as the two countries continue trade despite political tension.

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