Issued on: 20/09/2019 - 05:06 Beijing (AFP) China has banned pig imports from South Korea after Seoul became the latest to report an outbreak of the African swine fever that has destroyed hog herds and pushed up prices globally.Beijing has been battling to bring an outbreak of the disease among its own pork supply chain under control after at least 1.1 million pigs were culled -- an official figure that is widely believed to be much higher.The General Administration of Customs said on Thursday it would strengthen quarantine inspections of shipments and passenger luggage from South Korea, and any illegally imported pigs would be destroyed.This week South Korea confirmed the first case of African swine fever in Paju, a city near the inter-Korea border, and agriculture minister Kim Hyun-soo said 3,950 pigs from three farms would be culled.In June, Seoul said the disease was "highly likely" to enter the country from North Korea and ordered fences to be erected at farms along the border … [Read more...] about China bans S. Korea pig imports on swine fever fears
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China will auction 10,000 tonnes of reserve pork this week, the commerce ministry said, in a bid to control the fallout from an outbreak of African swine fever that has sent prices soaring and hit supplies of the meat ahead of a key holiday. Beijing has been struggling to control the disease, which has ripped through its massive pig-farming industry, leading to the culling of more than a million of the animals. In a statement published on its website Tuesday night, a state-owned company that handles the reserves said it would auction off imported frozen pork from countries including Denmark, Germany, France, the United States and Britain. Only 300 tonnes will be sold to each bidder at the auction. The decision comes ahead of a week-long national holiday and celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1. Authorities are scrambling to contain the outbreak of African swine fever as the costs of the country's staple meat soar. The … [Read more...] about China taps pork reserve as swine fever hits industry
(CNN)Men in white fur caps proudly ride horses across the steppe, rows of modern machinery glisten, Barbie-pink flamingos strut before clear blue skies and a white yacht cuts through the turquoise waters of the Caspian Sea. These are idyllic scenes from a one-minute video promoting the inaugural Caspian Economic Forum, which between August 11 and 12 will see heads of state from Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan descend on Awaza, a new resort town that has been touted by Turkmenistan's Foreign Ministry as the country's Las Vegas. The footage paints the picture of a happy, prosperous nation. But the reality for the 5.85 million people who live in this authoritarian hermit nation is different. Strict media controls mean that information trickles out of the country, but human rights abuses are commonplace, activists often disappear, and forced labor is a concern, according to Human Rights Watch. Read More As a hermit nation, it rivals North Korea. Just over 6,000 people … [Read more...] about Is the hermit nation of Turkmenistan on the brink of collapse?
By Mirsaid Ibrahimzade China 2019 World Stamp Exhibition has been held in Wuhan, which is the capital and the largest city of the Chinese province of Hubei. The postage stamps of Azerbaijan were presented and met with great interest at the exhibition, which was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the formation of the People’s Republic of China. Azermarka LLC presented stamps on the themes “symbols of statehood”, “eminent personalities”, “flora and fauna”, “Azerbaijani sport”, “ancient and modern architecture”, as well as such other samples of philately such as envelopes of the “first day”, prints of commemorative stamps and postcards. It is noteworthy that philatelists demonstrated great interest in Azerbaijani stamps. Especially many people wanted to buy stamps dedicated to Azerbaijani state symbols, nature, prominent personalities and national holidays. At the same time, a conference entitled … [Read more...] about Azerbaijani stamps presented in China
European stocks were in recovery mode on Friday after a cautious message from the European Central Bank hit investors’ appetite for risk in the previous session, with traders eyeing a U.S. jobs report and U.S. trade tussles with Mexico for fresh direction. The pan-European STOXX 600 gained 0.9%, with Paris-traded stocks posting a 1.6% gain. Frankfurt-listed shares rose 0.8%, while their peers in London firmed 1%. U.S. stocks closed higher Friday, following a weaker-than-expected jobs report, which supported the case for the Federal Reserve to ease interest rates in the near future, amid fears that the U.S. economy is decelerating as trade tensions between the U.S. and counterparts Mexico and China persist. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1%, to 25,983.94, while the S&P 500 index gained 1.1%, at 2,873.34. The Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 1.7% to 7,742.1. Maltese market was closed on Friday due to national holiday – Sette Giugno. President Donald Trump claimed a … [Read more...] about With Mexico deal done, US urges China to resume trade talks