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How China's Appetite Feeds An Ecuadorian Shrimp Boom

With shrimp consumption booming in China and production falling in traditional exporters like Vietnam, Ecuador is stepping in. It's the latest food chapter in a globalized world.

The overall Ecuador shrimp prodution reached nearly 220,000 tons last year.
The overall Ecuador shrimp prodution reached nearly 220,000 tons last year.
Víctor Hugo Carreño and Rodrigo Lara Serrano

SANTIAGO — One of the real crowd pleasers at Ibis, an upscale restaurant in Puerto Varas, in southern Chile, are the Ecuadoran prawns. The tasty crustaceans may even have something to do with the eatery's enviable ranking on websites such as TripAdvisor. And even though prawn prices have risen considerably of late, customers keep the orders coming.

Other Chilean restaurants have taken to serving Ecuadoran prawns too, leading importers to purchase approximately 2,500 tons worth of them in 2013. That may seem like a lot, but it represents just a fraction of overall Ecuador shrimp prodution, which reached nearly 220,000 tons last year.

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NATO Entry For Sweden And Finland? Erdogan May Not Be Bluffing

When the two Nordic countries confirmed their intention to join NATO this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his plans to block the application. Accusing Sweden and Finland of' "harboring" some of his worst enemies may not allow room for him to climb down.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO

Meike Eijsberg

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LONDON — When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared his opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO, it took most of the West's top diplomatic experts by surprise — with the focus squarely on how Russia would react to having two new NATO members in the neighborhood. (So far, that's been a surprise too)

But now Western oversight on Turkey's stance has morphed into a belief in some quarters that Erdogan is just bluffing, trying to get concessions from the negotiations over such a key geopolitical issue.

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To be clear, any prospective NATO member requires the consent of all 30 member states and their parliaments. So Erdogan does indeed have a card to play, which is amplified by the sense of urgency: NATO, Sweden and Finland are keen to complete the accession process with the war in Ukraine raging and the prospect of strengthening the military alliance's position around the Baltic Sea.

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