Editor's Pick 2015, #2:
China's meat imports surge, driven by rising domestic demand and prices
As China enters a new phase of its economic development, its demand for higher-valued products like meat and dairy products is growing rapidly. China?s imports of meats during 2013-14 were more than double the volume imported during the early 2000s. Growing demand and higher prices of domestic meat products have driven the growth in China?s meat imports over the past few years. China?s meat imports have shifted from items like chicken feet and animal offal to muscle meat, as living standards rose and China opened its market to more beef and mutton imports.