Government officials say the rising food costs are due to bad weather, but some economists say an economic policy that encourages lending and spending has caused inflation.
From the halls of Congress to the World Trade Organization, US officials are increasingly criticizing China trade and currency policies – blaming them for America's huge trade deficit.
Beijing unpegged the Chinese yuan from the dollar last weekend, leading to a half-point rise against the US currency this week. The value of China's currency has been a highly contentious issue with trade partners.
Beijing stipulates that $586 billion in stimulus funds be spent only on Chinese goods
Chinese exports fell by 26 percent in February so China is now hoping to find domestic buyers for goods once bound for American shopping malls.
Its growth rate slowed to 9 percent in the third quarter as exports to the US and Europe start to slacken.