The tariff fight has added to Chinese shoppers' grocery bills. How is the government coping? By tapping its gigantic stockpile of emergency meat.

When supplies of China's favourite meat run low, Beijing calls upon its strategic pork reserve, a name that brings to mind vast piles of sausages, bacon and spareribs housed in secret underground vaults across the country.

That's not quite how it works. But China's pork reserve is real, and it is basically a carnivore's version of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which keeps the United States flush with oil during emergencies. Pork prices in China today are skyrocketing,

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Why does China have a pork reserve?

How much pork are we talking about?

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Where is all that pork kept?

How does strategic reserve pork taste?