Kazakhstan aims to triple wheat exports to China -president

Member of the Politburo of the Communist party of China Yang Jiechi talks to Kazak President Kassym Jomart Tokayev during the meeting on September 11, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 11 September 2019
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Kazakhstan aims to triple wheat exports to China -president

  • China is already a major market for Kazakhstan’s exports of oil, gas and metals
  • Kazakhstan exports most of its grains to Central Asian countries, Afghanistan, the Caucasus and further west through the Black Sea ports

ALMATY, Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan could potentially more than triple wheat exports to China, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on a visit to China on Wednesday.

Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest grain producer, and Russia, one of its main competitors in wheat exports via the Black Sea, have long sought to sharply increase wheat and other agricultural exports to China.

“Last year (Kazakh) grain exports to China reached 550,000 tons,” Tokayev’s office quoted him as saying at a meeting of a Chinese-Kazakh business council in Beijing.

“We could increase these volumes to 2 million tons.” No timeframe was given for reaching the target. Tokayev did not say what measures Kazakhstan and China would need to take in order to achieve such growth. He also said the former Soviet republic could supply China with salt, dairy products, meat and poultry.

China is already a major market for Kazakhstan’s exports of oil, gas and metals. Kazakhstan traditionally exports most of its grains to neighboring Central Asian countries, Afghanistan, the Caucasus and further west through the Black Sea ports.

Russia, the world’s largest wheat exporter, expects China to open its market for imports of wheat produced across all regions of Russia within a year, its agriculture ministry said last week.


Popular panda on loan from China dies in Thai zoo

Updated 17 September 2019
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Popular panda on loan from China dies in Thai zoo

  • Staff said Tuesday they found no sign of illness or injury on the 19-year-old panda’s body
  • A zoo veterinarian said pandas have a life expectancy of 14-20 years

BANGKOK: Zoo staff in northern Thailand have donned black and white clothing and observed a minute of silence to mourn the sudden death of their popular male giant panda, who was on a long-term loan from China.

Officials said Chuang Chuang collapsed Monday in his enclosure at the Chiang Mai Zoo shortly after standing up following a meal of bamboo leaves.

Staff said Tuesday they found no sign of illness or injury on the 19-year-old panda’s body, and that he had recently passed a health checkup.

A zoo veterinarian said pandas have a life expectancy of 14-20 years. Chuang Chuang and his female mate arrived in Chiang Mai in 2003 on a 10-year loan that was later extended for another 10 years.