Some interesting observations here, and I wouldn’t be to quick to discount this idea.
In the early days of Loo Roll Gate 2020 in Australia, I heard the words “China is a leading manufacturer of toilet paper” uttered in the media. Despite over 60% of toilet paper sold in Australia being made here. There are at least four factories producing it I am aware of.
It is a sorry state of affairs, only now to be followed up with many other items in the supermarket.