Brazil remains China's largest supplier of animal protein

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The Chinese are trying to expand their trade unprecedentedly in order to provide their citizens with animal protein to overcome the crisis and spread of African swine fever.

Commentators estimate that the country has accelerated its extensive efforts in recent weeks. The issue has taken on new dimensions as a result of revealing the depth of the catastrophe in food security.

Meanwhile, changing the diet of public places and schools in the country from pork to chicken has been on the agenda.

Although during the early months of the outbreak in China, Chinese producers provided a large portion of the market by supplying their frozen products, but the country's pig population declined from 320 million to 190 million and a 54 percent drop in slaughter volume. The sector has dealt a blow to the country's industry.

Brazil has become one of the major importers of protein and soy products to China in recent months, following the US-China trade dispute. Official statistics show that beef exports from Brazil to China increased by 23% in the first ten months of 2019.

Finally, commentators believe that, despite Americans' optimism about improving the Chinese side's purchase of the poultry market, the Chinese will continue to issue import licenses to poultry processing plants in Brazil.

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