China’s “No. 1 Central Document” Focuses on Agriculture for the 16th Consecutive Year

Agriculture, rural areas and farmer’s issues remain China’s top priorities for the 16th consecutive year as its “No. 1 central document” prioritizes development of agriculture and rural areas. The document, the first policy statement released by central authorities each year and seen as an indicator of policy priorities, was made public Tuesday by the Communist

Starbucks China to Open Italian-themed Café in Shanghai

Starbucks will set up the first Italian food-featured cafe in China, highlighting Italian dishes and drinks, the company said Friday [15 February 2019]. The move came as part of the U.S. coffeehouse chain company’s efforts to carry out a “purpose-driven growth agenda to play the long game in China,” according to the company’s statement…Full Article:

Chinese-owned Uruguayan Meat Exporter Looks to Increase Supply to the Mainland

Eyeing growing appetite among Chinese consumers for premium meat, Uruguayan meatpacker Rondatel SA is looking to expand export of its distinctive black-pack meat products to the Chinese market. The slick packaging is eye-catching, and it also has an innovative label that tracks the contents from pasture to plate…Full Article: China Daily Feb 2019 Key Points

Dead Pigs Infected with ASFV Wash Ashore Taiwanese Islands Located Off the Coast of Fujian Province

A pig carcass found on a beach on an uninhabited island near Matsu close to China tested positive for African swine fever, the authorities said Saturday [19 January 2019]. Earlier this month, another dead hog, found on a beach in Kinmen, also tested positive. In both cases, investigators assumed the carcasses had floated ashore from