Nov 26, 2019

U.S. pork producers eyeing $25 billion China market amid trade war

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The U.S. pork industry is pushing the Trump administration to focus on increasing access in the Chinese market, worth $24.5 billion over 10 years, during the ongoing trade talks with China, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The Chinese pork market is currently afflicted by the African swine fever that's pushed the cost up by more than 69%— making it the perfect time for American producers to swoop in with its product at a lower cost, per Bloomberg. Other countries, such as Brazil, have been able to cash in on the Chinese demand.

Go deeper: Global pork prices soar as swine fever infects herds in eastern Asia

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More airport dogs hired to stop African swine fever from spreading to U.S.

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Airport security beagles are focusing on sniffing out pork products as African swine fever continues to spread, with fears that it might reach the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: African swine fever has already wiped out half of China's pork livestock and spread to more than 40 countries, per the Post. As a result, the USDA has hired an additional 60 beagle teams to increase the number of screenings, notes the Post. There is no cure or vaccine for the virus, but it's is not dangerous for humans.

Keep ReadingArrowNov 28, 2019

China's invisible brands

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

American consumers are quite familiar with many of the big-name foreign products — Toyota, Samsung, to name a couple — but brands from China are virtually invisible.

The big picture: Chinese companies doing business in the U.S. are doing their best to hide where they come from. If they're not actively masking their home country, they're certainly not leading with it.

Go deeperArrowNov 21, 2019

TikTok looks to downplay its China ties

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As lawmakers and regulators zero in on issues around Chinese tech companies and U.S. tech companies' ties to China, the longstanding low U.S. profile of Chinese tech brands is beginning to change.

The big picture: Our devices are made in China but our software and services, for the most part, aren't. TikTok is a big exception — and now the video-sharing network is under fire amid concerns over its Chinese ownership and the potential for censorship or risks to user data.

Go deeperArrowNov 20, 2019