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German pig farmers are thriving thanks to a surge in demand from China after exporting half a million tonnes of pork to the country last year.


China has suffered a 10 percent reduction in domestic production of pork in the aftermath of the African swine fever epidemic in 2018 and has turned to Europe to satisfy demand.

Germany is the second biggest supplier of pork to China, topped only by Spain, and has continued to export in high volume during the pandemic.

Pig farmer Wilken Langreder says the increase in demand has been great for business: "We raise a lot of pigs in Germany, and of course the exports are positive for German pork prices and pork sales," he told CGTN.

African swine fever is fatal to pigs but the disease hasn't reached Germany, despite an outbreak amongst wild boars in neighbouring Poland.

Germany's success in shielding its pigs from infection has been the result of a thorough protective process, which mirrors the country's vigilance in tackling COVID-19.

Langreder added: "Everyone who comes into this area where the animals are kept has to first shower and then put on protective gear in order to keep out any viruses, bacteria or diseases that might come in from the outside, especially these days."

The Chinese market eats roughly half of the world's pork every year and it has become a competitive battleground for European nations seeking to boost their exports of pork.

"Of course we have competition within Europe... between our Spanish colleagues, our French or Dutch colleagues," German Farmers Association director Bernhard Kruesken told CGTN.

COVID-19 remains an ongoing threat to farmers, with China suspending imports from one meat supplier in Germany following an outbreak at a meat processing facility, but Langreder is confident the country's exports won't be damaged further.

"The pigs are being brought to other slaughterhouses because there is still enough capacity for the moment," he said. "There won't be delays."

As the EU and China continuing to discuss their future relationship in relation to trade, innovation and strategy, German pigs could play a key role in those talks.

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The German pig farmers won't be in as much a hurry as some of their politicians to label China a strategic rival, will they?

And this is the heart of all matters EC-China. Looking at relationship potential long-term, it can be strong, rosy, mutually co-achieving and free from all the baggage of western imperialism wrought onto Asia of past.

But if countries like Germany still aspire to play their US-China hot-cold gamesmanship in order to win for themselves the best deals from both sides, they may find in the end those they play on will only remember they were being played at.

With the US, EC is seen as two things: military buffer against Russia and western co-partner to fight China - most importantly, both objectives at cost of European lives and companies only. After all, a US win to enter the China market first will be a European loss to try to tailgate after.

If Europeans forge forward with friendlier and more mutually cooperative permanent relationship with China, they will have a stronger footprint than before in an Asia of the 21st Century World.

Would they instead like to pander and sniffle at the feet of American hubris, for all the old schoolboy network buddying their American 'friends' are fast to display when it suits US MAGA-interest primarily? Climate change, digital tax, Nordstrom pipeline, auto tariff threats. Depending on mood swings over Washington DC, new lists coming up anytime that will disrupt markets in Europe strung like puppets on a string as climax to centuries of renaissance progress that had in fact crossed the Atlantic, only now in dripping in hypocrisy.

In the word 'MAGA', there is no 'Europe'. And the US these days only play their ZERO-sum game, meaning i win and you must lose.  Ursula von whatever and your ilk, you reading this?

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