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Global food markets need buffer against China's gyrations

Coronavirus, trade war and swine fever show vulnerability of key commodities

Medical workers attend to coronavirus patients in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Wuhan, China.   © Kyodo

The coronavirus outbreak and the ups and downs of the Sino-American trade war have underscored China's outsize impact on global food prices, along with the need for import-reliant countries like Japan to shield themselves from these swings.

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