China Rejects Large Wheat Shipment from the U.S. Amid Growing Agricultural Ties with Russia

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.15 - 2024 9:47 AM CET

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China Rejects Large Wheat Shipment from the U.S. Amid Growing Agricultural Ties with Russia.

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The United States has faced an unwelcome surprise from China as reported by Chinese journalists. Despite being the world's leader in agricultural production and housing nearly 1.5 billion people, China's limited arable land necessitates significant imports of foreign food and raw materials.

The U.S. has historically been one of China's major food suppliers, earning billions from contracts with the People's Republic. However, a recent development reported by NetEase has marked a notable shift. This is reported by AB News.

China recently declined a substantial shipment of American wheat totaling 264,000 tons. This rejection came on the heels of China turning away additional shipments exceeding 500,000 tons in total weight just days earlier. While China has occasionally rejected American grain in the past, the scale of these refusals is unprecedented.

Despite this, China's demand for wheat remains undiminished or has even increased. According to Chinese journalists, the underlying reason points to Russia and President Vladimir Putin's influence.

The reality, as noted by Chinese journalists, is that China's overall demand for wheat has not decreased. The cancellation of U.S. wheat orders merely indicates China's shift towards sourcing grain through alternative channels.

Over recent years, Russia has emerged as a significant exporter of wheat worldwide.

Furthermore, during President Putin's last visit to China, he signed a long-term contract for the supply of Russian agricultural products to China. NetEase observers believe that China's rejection of American wheat stems from increased imports from Russia. Given the unfriendly stance of the U.S. towards China, Beijing sees no reason to continue purchasing grain from America, opting instead for Russian supplies.

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