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· China reports new African swine fever outbreak on farm in Beijing with nearly 10,000 pigs [Dec 3]
China confirms new African swine fever outbreak in Tianjin [Nov
· China Ramps Up Imports of US Pork as African Swine Fever Spreads
· China to Start Purchasing Ag Products “Immediately” After G20 Meeting with Trump
China reports new African swine fever outbreak on farm in Beijing with nearly 10,000 pigs
China's agriculture ministry said on Monday it has confirmed a new African swine fever outbreak on a farm in capital city Beijing, as well as two other outbreaks in Shaanxi and Heilongjiang provinces.
Reporting by Hallie Gu and Tom Daly; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell, Reuters
via Channel NewsAsia - 03 Dec 2018
BEIJING: China's agriculture ministry said on Monday it has confirmed a new African swine fever outbreak on a farm in capital city Beijing, as well as two other outbreaks in Shaanxi and Heilongjiang provinces.
In the capital, the outbreak was reported on a farm with 9,835 pigs in the Tongzhou district, according to a statement published on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. The ministry said 17 had died of the disease, which is fatal to pigs, but does not affect people.
A second outbreak of the highly contagious disease was found on a boar farm in Heilongjiang, killing 77 of a total of 375 animals, the agriculture ministry said...
China confirms new African swine fever outbreak in Tianjin
via China.org.cn - November 30, 2018
BEIJING, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- China has confirmed a new outbreak of African swine fever in the municipality of Tianjin, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said Friday.
The outbreak was found on a farm with a total of 361 pigs in the Ninghe district of Tianjin, among which 67 were confirmed to have died from the disease, the ministry said, citing a China Animal Disease Control Center report.
Local authorities have initiated an emergency response to block, cull and disinfect the affected pigs.
African swine fever is a highly contagious, viral disease that infects pigs but not humans or other animals.
China reported its first case of the disease in August...
China Ramps Up Imports of US Pork as African Swine Fever Spreads
Demand for untainted meat is trumping Beijing’s tariffs
By Nicole Hao, The Epoch Times
December 2, 2018
Last week, China imported 3,348 metric tons of pork from the United States and ordered another 9,384 metric tons—the largest amount since Communist Party authorities boosted tariffs on U.S. pork in April.
China has been plagued by an epidemic of African swine fever, with the disease affecting pigs in many provinces, including the provincial-level municipalities of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Chongqing.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Nov. 29 that China ordered 12,732 tonnes of pork in the week ended Nov. 22, 3,348 tonnes of which will be shipped this year, and the rest delivered in 2019. It’s China’s largest order of U.S. pork since February, before the start of the Sino-U.S. trade war.
In 2017, China was the second-largest buyer of U.S. pork. Total purchases amounted to 495,637 metric tons, valued at $1.08 billion, according to a report by Pig Progress.
On April 2, Chinese authorities increased tariffs on U.S. pork to 37 percent from 12 percent, slashing large procurements. In July, China further increased tariffs to 62 percent, which is 50 percent higher than the 12 percent levied by other countries.
However, African swine fever is forcing Chinese importers to buy American, despite high tariffs.
“It’s kind of like, why do you buy from your enemy? Because you have to,” Don Roose, president of Iowa-based broker U.S. Commodities, told Reuters.
“This is a game changer,” Dennis Smith, a senior account executive at Archer Financial Services Inc., told Bloomberg. “It gives confirmation that the disease is far worse than what we’ve been told.”
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China to Start Purchasing Ag Products “Immediately” After G20 Meeting with Trump
By Eric Pfeiffer, Hoosier Ag Today
Dec 2, 2018
President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday. Trump agreed that on January 1, 2019 he will leave the tariffs on $200 billion worth of product at the 10% rate and not raise it to 25% as he previously committed. China will agree to purchase a not yet agreed upon, but very substantial, amount of agricultural, energy, industrial, and other product from the United States to reduce the trade imbalance between the two countries. China has agreed to start purchasing agricultural product immediately.
President Trump and President Xi agreed to immediately begin negotiations on structural changes with respect to forced technology transfer, intellectual property protection, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and cyber theft, services and agriculture. Both China and the U.S. have placed a 90 day timeframe on completing a deal. Once that 90 days is up, the 10% tariffs will increase to 25% if no agreement has been reached.
In a release from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump said, “This was an amazing and productive meeting with unlimited possibilities for both the United States and China. It is my great honor to be working with President Xi.”
John Heisdorffer, a soybean grower from Keota, Iowa, and American Soybean Association president said, “This is the first positive news we’ve seen after months of downturned prices and halted shipments. If this suspension of tariff increases leads to a longer-term agreement, it will be extremely positive for the soy industry. We want to begin repairing damage done to our trade relations with China, which has been essential to successful soybean exports for years.”
In a statement from Angela Hoffman, Executive Director for the group Farmers for Free Trade, she said, “Any signal, even if temporary, that this trade war may de-escalate is welcome news for farmers. While farmers are cautiously optimistic about this development, they are also keenly aware that they are still subject to the existing painful retaliatory tariffs and lost markets that have hurt their recently harvested crops and income.”
The African Swine Fever outbreak may be a driver in moving negotiations along...