Thailand has surpassed China to become the largest exporter of vegetables and fruits into Vietnam via official channels. Official statistics show that by the end of September, imports of vegetables and fruits from Thailand valued at more than US$135 million, compared with nearly $100 million from China…Full Article: Thanh Nien News Nov 2014

Key Points

  • In May 2014, Vietnamese consumers began boycotting Chinese products after China built a US$1 billion oil rig in Vietnamese waters (near the Paracel Islands). The rig was later removed in July.
  • Vietnam primarily imports durian, mangosteenm and tamarind from Thailand.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In August 2014, China planned to close some border points along the Chinese-Vietnamese border, including the Tan Thanh checkpoint in Lang Son Province (across from Guangxi region). Chinese authorities stated that the checkpoints need to be closed in order to institute new regulations on farm produce imports.

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