The Shanghainese really love their chicken. They love it so much that not even the ongoing pandemic could stop them from flocking to the country’s first Popeyes when it opened in downtown Shanghai on May 15. Fried chicken sandwiches have been flying off the shelves since. Yet, Popeyes’ highly-anticipated opening almost could not take wing. In April, thousands of poultry farmers in Brazil held their breath after the South American country’s education minister insinuated a Chinese “world domination” conspiracy behind the contagion – in a racially charged tweet, no less. It sparked a retort from the Chinese embassy, and triggered concerns about bilateral trade ties. Before the kerfuffle, the Br
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