It’s just about a year since China acknowledged African Swine Fever hit its shores. In the 12 months since, the disease—which quickly kills livestock pigs and has no cure or vaccine—has been found in 32 regions and municipalities. China is the world’s largest pork producer and consumer, accounting for about half of the world’s annual consumption and production. Is ASF bad enough that it may force China’s hand in the trade war with the U.S. to drop tariffs?
There are signs China may be blinking: the country today is allowing some of its companies to buy pork, corn and sorghum from the U.S. without paying the import tariff, according to a report on Agweb.