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Japan finds African swine fever in sausage brought from China


TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan found African swine fever in packed pork sausage being carried into the country by a foreigner coming from Beijing early this month, the nation’s agriculture ministry said on Tuesday.

The incident comes amid growing concerns over the spread of the deadly infection in Asia. China has reported more than 40 separate outbreaks of the disease in 11 provinces and municipalities since discovering its first case in August, leading to the culling of around 200,000 animals. The sausage was collected from a foreigner arriving at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Oct. 1. Genetic testing at an animal quarantine station detected the disease in samples of the product last Friday, according the ministry.

Bringing pork meat and pork products from China is…

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China confirms two new African swine fever cases in central province


BEIJING: China’s agriculture ministry on Tuesday (Oct 23) said two new cases of African swine fever had been confirmed in the central province of Hunan.

The confirmation of the cases, in the cities of Yiyang and Changde, could stoke worries over pork supplies a day after two other fresh cases were reported in the southwestern province of Yunnan.

The ministry said 546 hogs in a pig farm in Yiyang and 268 hogs in Changde were culled after infections were found.

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China culls 200,000 pigs due to African swine fever: official – SABC News


China, the world’s top pork producer, has culled 200,000 pigs so far following outbreaks of highly contagious African swine fever in the country, a Chinese animal health official said on Friday.

While that represents only a tiny portion of the nearly 700 million pigs slaughtered in China each year for sale as pork, restrictions on the transport of animals to curb the spread of the disease have created tight supplies in some parts of the country.

China has seen 41 outbreaks of the disease, affecting 27 cities across the country, Wang Zongli, deputy director of the China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center, said at a conference in Zhengzhou.

He warned that both detection and prevention of the disease, which can be deadly to pigs but does not harm humans, was very difficult.

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China is broadening its efforts to win over African audiences


EVER SINCE the Kenyan government signed a deal in 2014 for a state-owned Chinese company to build a railway between Nairobi and Kenya’s main port in Mombasa, the project has attracted controversy. Its price per km was three times the international benchmark and four times the original estimate. Many Kenyans suspect corruption inflated its cost.

Unsurprisingly, such issues have received little airtime on CGTN Africa, a branch of China’s state television company, which opened its headquarters on the continent in Nairobi in 2012. When CGTN aired a package on the railway in July, the network praised it as “a case study” of China-Africa relations. In the Africa of CGTN’s imagination, every deal is…

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Ties between African countries and China are complex. Understanding this matters


Yu-Shan Wu, University of the Witwatersrand; Chris Alden, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Cobus van Staden, South African Institute of International Affairs

The complex relationship between Africa and China has become even
more complicated this year. Initially, 2018 was set to reaffirm the bond
through the latest Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit held in
Beijing in September. The summit delivered its usual pageant of African leaders, side deals, and the announcement of a USD$60 billion financing package. The year also saw the recurrence of misgivings about the relationship.

The most explicit theme of this conversation was debt. Donald Trump’s
US administration added fuel to smouldering anxiety, and China found
itself having to defend its lending to Africa…

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China to lift restrictions on area hit by African swine fever


BEIJING (Reuters) – China will lift restrictions on an area in Wuxi city of Jiangsu province where an outbreak of African swine fever was found, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday

Local authorities will remove the curbs on the infected area on Wednesday, but they must take proactive measures to prevent a recurrence of the highly contagious disease, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement published on its website

China has reported more than 30 cases of the deadly disease since early August

Reporting by Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton; Editing by Manolo Serapio Jr.

Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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