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Beijing under pressure over rising food prices ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations

Vegetable prices have almost doubled compared to a year ago.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING - The Chinese government is under pressure over rising food prices ahead of the Chinese New Year festivities, with a combination of Covid-19 disruptions and colder than usual winter weather putting a crimp on supplies.

Meat, vegetable and cooking oil prices have risen in recent weeks, at a time of increased consumption as families prepare to celebrate the most important holiday of the year in China.

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