China has cancelled a deal to buy 1.2 million tonnes of Thai rice, about 14% of the country’s annual exports, amid a corruption probe into Bangkok’s troubled agricultural subsidies scheme, Financial Times reported. Beijing was spooked by the Thai national anti-graft agency’s investigation into the rice price support program, Thailand’s commerce minister said. A Thai bank also pulled its support for the project, whose funding shortages are triggering protests from unpaid farmers. The rice scheme’s growing problems are piling pressure on Yingluck Shinawatra, the prime minister, as the opposition tries to unseat her.
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