China urges families to keep stocks of daily necessities ahead of winter

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By Brenda Goh and Dominique Patton SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese government has told families to keep daily necessities in stock in case of emergencies, after COVID-19 outbreaks and unusually heavy rains that caused a surge in vegetable prices raised concerns about supply shortages. The commerce ministry directive late on Monday stirred some concern on domestic social media that it may have been triggered by heightened tensions with Taiwan, while some said people were rushing to stock up on rice, cooking oil and salt. “As soon as this news came out, all the old people near me went c…

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