The General Administration of Customs of China, on Wednesday, Apr 20, published exported and imported data for the first quarter.

China’s alumina exports to Russia surged over 90 times in March from a year earlier. China shipped 9,949 tonnes of alumina to Russia, up from 104.5 tonnes.

Reuters reported that earlier, Australia banned exports of alumina and aluminum ores to Russia. This is a part of Western-led sanctions against Moscow after the country invaded Ukraine.

Chinese customs data also showed a rebound in trade with North Korea. Chinese exports to North Korea jumped to 57 million dollars from only 13.0 million dollars a year earlier for March alone.

Edible oil and wheat flour were the top export items to North Korea.

Recently, North Korea continued ballistic missile launches. The United States urged the United Nations Security Council to impose additional sanctions on the country as a result.

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