Russia-China trade and political relations have grown significantly in recent years. In the meantime, agricultural trade relations between the two countries seem to have been one of the most important and promising parts of this diplomacy.
Despite Beijing’s plans to increase its agricultural productivity, Chinese experts are still concerned about the country’s food security.
According to published statistics, the consumption of animal protein by Chinese citizens has increased more than six times in the last thirty years. This issue has caused the government of this country to seek to meet the above needs from reliable sources.
Recent estimates by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences suggest that a shortage of 130 million tonnes of grain in the country by 2025 will not be unexpected, given the country’s growing urbanization and the aging rural workforce.
An issue that seems to have prompted Chinese officials to seek to increase imports of the needs of Chinese citizens.
China is trying to reduce its food purchases from the United States following its trade war.
Moscow, on the other hand, is trying to market its agricultural products with the confidence of the Chinese. Exports can help the country’s economic prosperity, especially in the poultry sector.
Some believe that President Vladimir Putin attaches great importance to increasing the country’s agricultural power.
Some experts believe that out of a total of 207,000 tons of chicken meat exported worldwide and China alone has purchased more than 62,000 tons of this product.
Published statistics show that the export of poultry products from Russia to China has increased by more than 65% in the last two years.
According to some news sources, Chinese-owned soybean plantations in the Far East of Russia are facing manpower shortages during the current growing season due to the outbreak of Covid-19. This can cause major problems in these areas.
Assessments show that Russian workers do not participate in seasonal employment contracts, and the closure of the border between the two countries following the outbreak of covid-19 has reduced the active labor force and subsequently reduced production on these farms.
Some experts believe that the activity and production of these farms have decreased by more than 60% compared to 2019.
On the other hand, the Russian Ministry of Economy has announced in recent days that it will impose heavy tariffs on soybean exports due to rising global prices and to meet its domestic needs. A decision that could negatively affect the process of exporting this product to China and, on the other hand, create an uncertain fate for those soy products that are grown by the Chinese in this country.
According to published statistics, although the price of US-made soybeans has reached its highest level in two years in recent days, despite no official announcement from Chinese officials, the country has sharply increased its grain purchases from countries such as the United States.
Currently, the largest exporters of corn to China are the United States, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Russia.
It should be noted that according to published statistics, Russia managed to export more than 1.2 million tons of soybeans during the previous growing season.
Finally, some political scientists believe that geopolitically, Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey are becoming a bloc.