BEIJING — When supplies of China’s favorite meat run low, Beijing calls upon its strategic pork reserve, a name that brings to mind vast piles of sausages, bacon and spareribs housed in secret underground vaults across the country.

U.S. authorities have started active preparations in response to the rising threat of an outbreak of African swine fever, the deadly disease that has decimated the Chinese pig population and is spreading across Asia.

 

U.S. authorities have started active preparations in response to the rising threat of an outbreak of African swine fever, the deadly disease that has decimated the Chinese pig population and is spreading across Asia.

 

U.S. authorities have started active preparations in response to the rising threat of an outbreak of African swine fever, the deadly disease that has decimated the Chinese pig population and is spreading across Asia.

 

Garden patches and fields have given up their bounty and it's now showing up at trucks parked on corners, farmers markets and stores aplenty. It's pumpkin season. Large and small, bumpy or smooth, in multiple colors, growers say the crop is a great one. “Maybe it was the moisture or the cool…

Garden patches and fields have given up their bounty and it's now showing up at trucks parked on corners, farmers markets and stores aplenty. It's pumpkin season. Large and small, bumpy or smooth, in multiple colors, growers say the crop is a great one. “Maybe it was the moisture or the cool…

And there’s a bright spot this week, with news that China bought more soybeans and pork ahead of scheduled trade meetings. News also broke on Friday that President Donald Trump had suspended a $250 billion tariff hike that was expected to take effect on Tuesday, with Chinese ag buying expected to increase soon as well.

Garden patches and fields have given up their bounty and it's now showing up at trucks parked on corners, farmers markets and stores aplenty. It's pumpkin season. Large and small, bumpy or smooth, in multiple colors, growers say the crop is a great one. “Maybe it was the moisture or the cool…

And there’s a bright spot this week, with news that China bought more soybeans and pork ahead of scheduled trade meetings. News also broke on Friday that President Donald Trump had suspended a $250 billion tariff hike that was expected to take effect on Tuesday, with Chinese ag buying expected to increase soon as well.

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