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China Hopes to Increase Agricultural Exports to Russia - Chinese Ambassador

© REUTERS / Kim Kyung-HoonA herdsman takes a rest while he drives his goats at a corn field at Dashiwo village, on the outskirts of Beijing
A herdsman takes a rest while he drives his goats at a corn field at Dashiwo village, on the outskirts of Beijing - Sputnik International
China would like to increase agricultural deliveries to Russia and the watchdogs of the two countries are currently in talks on mutual trade in the agricultural sphere, Chinese Ambassador to Russia Li Hui said.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Li said that cooperation in agriculture is a likely sector for growth in cooperation between the two countries.

"China wants to increase deliveries of agricultural production, foodstuffs and other goods to Russia," Li told RIA Novosti in an interview.

Li added that Russia began lifting bans on the deliveries of Chinese pork last year, but "the volume of these deliveries remains quite low." He said that China is so far unable to "satisfy the demands of the Russian market," but is putting more effort into production to meet those demands.

The agricultural watchdogs from both countries are currently in talks to finalize the imports of Chinese foodstuffs.

"The watchdogs of our countries are currently holding negotiations on the mutual deliveries of agricultural products and meat," Li added.

Earlier in June, Russian President Vladimir Putin described China as Russia’s largest trade partner, and predicted an increase in bilateral trade to $200 billion in the near future.

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Russia has recently ramped up its cooperation with China, including in agricultural imports. In May, Russian and Chinese investment funds set up a joint $2-billion fund to finance up to ten major agricultural projects.

Russia’s pivot to China followed a split with major food-exporting nations in the European Union in the wake of the 2014 Ukraine crisis. Last year, EU countries imposed economic sanctions on Russia citing its alleged help to Donbass militias.

Moscow responded last August with a one-year food imports ban on the European Union and several other countries that introduced anti-Russia sanctions. Earlier this month, the ban was extended for another year.

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