In order to feed its people, China is investing lots overseas to bolster its food supply. So far, Ukraine has been an attractive option. Large swaths of farmable land in the former Soviet republic have drawn the attention of Chinese companies looking for new places to cultivate grain and cattle. In fact China signed a $10 billion trade deal with Ukraine.

And China is now Ukraine's second-biggest trading partner. Plus, China is already Ukraine's largest military customer and is investing heavily in Ukraine's infrastructure.

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