Are China's Pork Pains Inflated?

In China, pork prices are up 70% (!) year over year. A swine fever outbreak has crippled the pork industry and caused a surge in pork prices. Pork prices are a main driver of China’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase. CPI inflation could reach 4% by year-end, one percentage point above the People’s Bank of China’s 3% target. However, stripping out food prices shows that inflation is on the downtrend (and was just 1%), which appears more in line with the weak state of China’s economy.