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Chinese consumers prefer to feed pets with imported products

just-food’s China market columnist Peter Peverelli digs into the country’s growing pet-food market.

Due to rising living standards and urbanisation, phenomena referred to as “empty-nest youth” and “empty-nest elderly” have soared in China.

The former will strike many western readers as odd, as empty-nest syndrome is typically linked to the elderly. However, remember the subject of the previous Eye on China column the growing number of Chinese young adults living on their own. They enjoy a level of freedom their parents and earlier ancestors had not even dreamed about but they are culturally still Chinese, with a communitarian inclination.

If you are not ready for regularly sharing your home with another person but still would like a companion, then a pet is an attractive alternative. The number of these empty-nest youths in China is expected to reach 92 million this year.

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The United States and Japan Should Prepare for War with China

Last week, China toughened its language against Taiwan, warning that “independence means war.” A few days prior, the Taiwanese Defense Ministry reported 15 aircraft from the Chinese air force inside its air defense identification zone. This uptick in saber-rattling suggests the military challenge posed by China will likely continue, making it one of the Biden administration’s top priorities. Unlike the Trump administration, with its transactional approach to alliances, the Biden administration may find U.S. interests can be best served through strategic engagement with its allies, on this issue as elsewhere. In particular, part of the military challenge posed by China might be answered by turning to its longtime ally Japan and firming up one of the most intrinsic aspects of the United States-Japan alliance: warfighting.

The U.S.-Japanese relationship has deep roots. Perhaps due to the cultural strength of pacifism in Japan or the legal limits on what Japan’s

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McDonald’s China releasing Oreo, Spam burger for limited time

Here’s a mash-up nobody asked for.

McDonald’s will be releasing a Spam burger topped with Oreos in China next week. 

The fast food chain announced the limited-time menu item on Chinese social media platform Weibo earlier this week. 

On Friday, video game analyst Daniel Ahmad tweeted pictures of the “Oreo x Spam” burger, which shows a layer of crumbled Oreos on top of two slices of Spam. 

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According to Ahmad’s tweet, McDonald’s is making only 400,000 of the unique burgers. 

“Look, I saw this so you have to see it too,” Ahmad wrote on Twitter. “Sorry, that’s how it works.”

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McDonald's China is releasing a limited-time burger made with Spam and topped with crumbled Oreos on Monday. (iStock)

McDonald’s China is releasing a limited-time burger made with Spam and topped with crumbled Oreos on Monday. (iStock)

Twitter users did not have high hopes for the sandwich.

“Mixing Sweets & meat?

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Yum China CEO Joey Wat on COVID-19 Lessons

(Miss this week’s The Leadership Brief? This interview below was delivered to the inbox of Leadership Brief subscribers on Sunday morning, Dec. 6; to receive weekly emails of conversations with the world’s top CEOs and business decisionmakers, click here.)

On Nov. 23, CNN reported that the U.S. had 3 million new cases of COVID-19 in November. That same day, I interviewed Joey Wat, the CEO of Yum China, the country’s largest restaurant company. She mentioned that there were just a small handful of new cases in Shanghai, the world’s biggest city, with a population of over 25 million. Nearly 100% (99.5%) of Yum’s outlets in China are currently open.

Under Wat, 49, Yum China has emerged from COVID largely unscathed and cemented its reputation as one of the world’s most nimble fast-food companies. Yum China operates over 10,000 restaurants in 1,400 cities in China, a mixture of Pizza

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