China on Wednesday [15 March 2017] signed deals committing it to buy US$1.7 billion worth of fruits and other agricultural products from the Philippines, the latest in a series of agreements in an era of cordial ties under President Rodrigo Duterte…Full Article: The Bangkok Post Mar 2017

Key Point

  • Since Duterte’s visit to China in October 2016, Chinese imports of Filipino mangoes and pineapples have increased.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In October 2016, it was noted as a result of improved relations, China may increase imports of Filipino mangoes, coconuts, dragon fruit, Lapu-Lapu (Grouper fish), crabs, shrimp, prawns, and tuna.
  • In September 2016, officials from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) inspected banana plantations in the Philippines. Their subsequent approval led to the ban being lifted for certain exporters.
  • In February 2016, the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) was seeking talks to lift the Chinese ban on Mindanao bananas. According to the Executive Director of the PBGEA, some Filipino banana industry representatives suspect that ban on Mindanao bananas was enacted in response to the West Philippine Sea vs. South China Sea dispute.

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