Beijing: Citing concerns over African swine fever (ASF), China has announced that it will put a ban on imports of pigs, wild boar and related products from India.
Chinese state media Global Times quoted a joint notice issued by the General Administration of Customs of China and the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs, saying that China is set to ban imports of these animals.
The ban comes amid border tensions between China and India.
The report said “the ban comes after tensions between the two countries flared up in Galwan Valley region,” blaming it on “India’s recent, illegal construction of defence facilities on the border to Chinese territory.”
According to the daily, India reported its first case of ASF in domestic pigs and wild boar in Assam earlier this month. The disease has killed more than 14,000 pigs in Assam, according to media reports.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on Thursday said that India is engaged with the Chinese side to resolve the border issue peacefully.