Vietnam’s agricultural exports to China have seen a slight dip as local farmers scramble to search for new markets. Between January and July [2014], the cassava exports to China reached around US$572.3 million, a 3.12 percent decrease year-on-year. Around 85 percent of Vietnam’s cassava and cassava-products are exported to China via the northern border, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Since last year, demand for Vietnamese cassava has dropped as China’s ethanol production industry struggles…Full Article: Thanh Nien Aug 2014

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  • According to the article, China comprises 40% of Vietnam’s rice exports, and 80% to 90 of the country’s rubber, dragon fruit, and cassava (powder) exports.
  • In order to institute new regulations on farm produce imports, China will close some border points such as Tan Thanh checkpoint in Lang Son Province (across from Guangxi region).

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  • From 2006 to 2011, Thailand was the primary supplier of rice to the China. Starting in 2010, a shift towards Vietnamese imports began to occur and by 2012, Vietnam overtook Thailand as the top supplier to China

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