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Chinese government urges citizens to stock up on daily necessities ahead of winter

The Chinese government has told families to keep daily necessities in stock in case of emergencies, after Covid-19 outbreaks and unusually heavy rains have caused a surge in vegetable prices. The directive by the Commerce Ministry caused some concern on domestic social media, some posters suggesting it may have been triggered by heightened tensions with Taiwan.

In response, Party-backed newspaper The Economic Daily advised netizens not to have 'too much of an overactive imagination', claiming the directive's purpose was to make sure citizens were not caught off-guard in the case of lockdowns in their area.

The central government typically makes extra effort to boost the supply of fresh vegetables and pork in the run-up to China's most important holiday, the Lunar New Year, which will fall in early February next year.


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