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Western Focus Sharpens on China Over Black Sea Grain Deal


EXCLUSIVE SUBSCRIBER+ INTERVIEW In the wake of a Kremlin decision to halt a U.N.-brokered Black Sea agreement, which allowed Ukraine to export tens of millions of tons of grains and oilseeds, world attention is now increasingly focused on a key Russian partner — and the deal’s biggest beneficiary: China, a longtime buyer of Ukrainian grain, accounts for nearly one quarter of the initiative’s total exports.

“In the context of various threats to food security in China, sources of import are very important,” said Caitlin Welsh, Director of the Global Food and Water Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). “This one included.”

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