Our Man at Xinhua (Beijing Newspeak) posts about the internal struggle to put the mysterious illness gutting Guangdong’s pig population into the proper perspective. Xinhua reports 300 swine down but AP in Hong Kong and other sources have the number much higher. Sadly, we’ve seen this before.
BNS notes that recent media reports on the rise of pork in China–including one YJ and I saw on CCTV one this week–all mention a “rise in prices in Guangdong” but fail to mention any connection to the illness. At this time, nobody seems to know just how serious the problem is, but the post by Beijing Newspeak is not particularly encouraging.
(I strongly encourage everyone to read the linked post before commenting.)
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.