May 17, 2018 - World

China triples Russian soybean imports as it cuts reliance on U.S.

Workers moving soybean shipments

Workers moving soybeans at a Chinese port. Photo: -/AFP via Getty Images

China, the world’s biggest soybean importer, has bought a record amount of soybeans from Russia while canceling multiple soy shipments from the U.S. in retaliation to the Trump administration's tariffs on Chinese goods, reports Bloomberg.

Why it matters: American farmers are heavily dependent on soybean production as a source of revenue. In 2016, soybeans accounted for 12% of exports from the U.S. to China. But that stream is now dissipating with China using subsidies incentivizing their own farmers to cut reliance on U.S. soybeans.

But, but, but: Russia supplies less than 1% of China's soybeans.

Go deeper: Soybeans are a political ground zero in Trump's trade war with China.

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