China's pork imports in September surged 76% from a year earlier while beef imports came close to a monthly record, as it stocked up on proteins after disease decimated its huge hog herd, customs data showed on Monday.
China's iron ore imports rose for a third straight month in September to a 20-month high, according to customs data released on Monday, fueled by firm demand at steel mills and stable shipments from big miners.
China's exports fell at a faster pace in September while imports contracted for a fifth straight month, pointing to further weakness in the economy and underlining the need for more stimulus as the Sino-U.S. trade war drags on.
China's soybean imports in September fell 13.5% from the previous month, customs data showed on Monday, as an epidemic of African swine fever that has slashed China's pig herd reduced demand for soymeal.
China's rare earth exports in September fell 17.9% from August, customs data showed on Monday, amid lingering fears that the world's top producer of the minerals will restrict supply because of its trade row with the United States.
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