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Filipino banana growers flourishing through better ties with China

Some banana growers from the Davao Del Norte province in the southern Philippines, are experiencing great times now China is buying more bananas from the Southeast Asian nation.

The province, known as the "banana capital" of the Philippines, is dotted with thousands of banana planting farms, which produce more than one-third of the whole country's bananas. Through the work of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, bilateral relations have not only improved but shifted into high gear.

China is now the second largest recipient of Filipino bananas, which are the Philippines' biggest agricultural export product. The country's banana exports to China have amounted to 288 million U.S. dollars, or 25.6 percent of its total banana exports last year, with a year-on-year increase of 49.5 percent by value.

Besides bananas, more tropical fruits are entering the Chinese market from the Philippines. Figures from the Chinese government show that China imported more than 2 million tons of tropical fruits from the country over the past two years. reported that according to the Chinese government, trade between China and the Philippines in 2017 topped 50 billion dollars, which made China the Philippines' largest trading partner.

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