Why China’s failure to bring home the bacon has Beijing worried

Business

Would Britons take to the streets if the price of a bacon sandwich or a beef burger more than doubled?

Pork protests may seem like hogwash but Beijing is increasingly worried that an unprecedented surge in the price of China’s favourite meat could be a match that lights the tinder.

Already facing huge protests in Hong Kong and a squeeze on its industrial sector caused by the trade war, a 120pc jump in Chinese pork prices to record highs since March is the latest headache for Xi Jinping’s government.

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