China has culled 200,000 pigs due to African swine fever outbreaks -animal health official

ZHENGZHOU, China, Oct 19 (Reuters) - China has culled 200,000 pigs following 41 African swine fever outbreaks in the country, a Chinese animal health official said on Friday.

That marks the latest estimate on the number of animals culled in China in the wake of the disease, which can be deadly to pigs but does not harm humans.

Transport is one of main risks for spreading the disease in China, Wang Zongli, deputy director of China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center, said at a conference in Zhengzhou.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares erase losses as China's market support helps Shanghai surge

* MSCI Asia Ex-Japan up 0.3 pct

* German shares seen falling on China economic worries

* China shares see-saw, regulator support pledges

* Trade disputes, rising U.S. rates, Italy budget weigh

By Andrew Galbraith

SHANGHAI, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Asian stocks clawed back losses on Friday as China's efforts to bolster investor confidence helped its share markets rally, although data showing the world's second-largest economy growing at the slowest pace since 2009 capped broader gains.

RPT-Russian firms test non-dollar deals to sidestep any U.S. sanctions

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* Kremlin has been pushing firms towards non-dollar deals

* Alrosa tests non-dollar payments in China, India sales

* VTB helped Alrosa with Chinese deal using yuan-roubles

* Washington has threatened more sanctions on Russia

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UPDATE 1-China has ample soybean supplies, big price moves unlikely - ag ministry

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BEIJING, Oct 19 (Reuters) - China has ample supplies of soybeans and significant price fluctuations are unlikely, a senior agriculture ministry official said on Friday.

Domestic soybean planting acreage has increased and China is set for a bumper harvest, supported by government subsidies and crop rotation policies, Tang Ke of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs told a press briefing.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares erase losses as China's steps help Shanghai recover

* MSCI Asia Ex-Japan up 0.05 pct

* China shares see-saw on growth worry, regulator support pledges

* Japan's Nikkei off 0.7 pct

* Trade disputes, rising U.S. rates, Italy budget weigh

By Andrew Galbraith

SHANGHAI, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Asian stocks erased losses on Friday as China shares recovered after government statements sought to bolster market confidence following data showing the slowest Chinese economic quarterly growth since the global financial crisis.

U.S.-China trade frictions contributing to China equity slump - vice premier

BEIJING, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Trade frictions between the United States and China, the world's two biggest economies, have contributed to the slump in China stock markets, Vice Premier Liu He said on Friday.

China and the United States are "in touch", Liu told the state news agency Xinhua, without elaborating. (Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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UPDATE 1-China says hog prices to rise ahead of Lunar New Year amid swine fever outbreaks

* Country has been battling spread of African swine fever

* Pork dishes are a key part of Lunar New Year celebrations

* Demand for pork imports is growing -analyst (Adds comment, background)

BEIJING, Oct 19 (Reuters) - China's hog prices are set to rise ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday in February as outbreaks of African swine fever hit supply, the country's agriculture ministry said on Friday.

The world's top pork producer has been grappling with the rapid spread of the disease, which can be deadly to pigs but is not harmful to humans.

China has ample soybean supplies, big price moves unlikely - ag ministry

BEIJING, Oct 19 (Reuters) - China has ample supplies of soybeans and significant price fluctuations are unlikely, the agriculture ministry said on Friday.

Over January to August, China's soybean imports from Brazil accounted for nearly 70 percent of its overall purchases, an official from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs also said at a press briefing.

Meanwhile, domestic soybean planting acreage has increased and China is set to have a bumper harvest, the official said. (Reporting by Hallie Gu and Ryan Woo; editing by Richard Pullin)

China hog price to rise ahead of Spring Festival on African swine fever impact -ag ministry

BEIJING, Oct 19 (Reuters) - China's hog prices were set to rise ahead of the Spring Festival, another name for the Chinese New Year holiday, because of the impact of African swine fever on supply, the country's agriculture ministry said on Friday.

Prices will jump as some farmers did not replenish their herds in major production areas in the past two months, said Tang Ke, the head of the market and economy information department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

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