China’s consumer price index rose by 2.1% in January from a year ago, according to official statistics. Although the headline number appears low, food prices jumped 6.2%, with pork and fruit prices up 13.1% and 11.8% respectively. The surge was in part due to the Chinese New Year festival in January, but food prices have already been rising from a year ago for nine straight months.

However, in Beijing, food price inflation outpaced the national level, with prices rising 6.6% in January from a year ago, per Xinhua.

In comparison, the US CPI rose 6.4% in January 2023 from a year ago, with food prices up 10.1% in the same period, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.