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China Blocks Vietnamese Fruit Trucks From Entering One Day After Hanoi Upgrades Diplomatic Ties With Washington

Hundreds of containers of bananas, dragonfruits and durians, on their way to China, have suddenly been stopped since 9 September 2023. Image via @ngahpham

Hundreds of Vietnamese trucks carrying fresh fruit are backing up at Chinese border crossings due to newly introduced inspection requirements.

The timing of these new inspections is prompting speculation that it could be a form of retaliation against Vietnam for upgrading diplomatic ties with the United States on Sunday.

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