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April 29, 2016
Halal: is it meat you're looking for? says China businessman
Qingtongxia, China (AFP) April 28, 2016
The wine-swilling co-founder of Sai Wai Xiang Halal Foodstuff Co enjoys his pork and does not follow Islam, but still sells more than $50 million-worth of food to Muslims across Asia and the Middle East. The company is at the forefront of a Chinese drive into the global halal food and beverage market, exporting as far away as Saudi Arabia. Businessman Deng Zhijun bills his wares as "products with Muslim ethnic flavour", but has difficulty recalling some of Islam's basic dietary tenets. "Musl ... read more

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Australia's biggest cattle firm says China-led bid preferred
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