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Russian Logs In China: The Softwood Commodity Chain & Chinese Economic Development

By Song Weiming, Cheng Baodong, Zhang Shengdong and Meng Xianggang
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Burgeoning domestic consumption and a rapid increase in international demand for China’s low-cost manufactured wood products, in a nation with very limited per capita forest resources, has fueled a particularly dramatic rise in China’s forest products imports. In one decade, China rose from seventh to second greatest importer of forest products worldwide and is now a top consumer of industrial roundwood. Of all countries exporting to China, Russia is currently the top supplier of timber products by ,value as well as volume.