China’s consumer price index rose 2.1% in January from a year ago, according to official statistics. Although the number of titles seems small, Food prices jumped 6.2%, with pork and fruit prices rising 13.1% and 11.8% respectively. The surge was partly due to the Chinese New Year festival in January, but food prices have already risen for a year to nine consecutive months.

However, in Beijing, food price inflation has exceeded the national level, with prices rising 6.6 percent in January from a year ago, according to Xinhua.

By comparison, the U.S. CPI rose 6.4% in January 2023 from a year ago, with food prices rising 10.1% over the same period, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.