Posted by: mulrickillion | February 20, 2012

Xi champions agriculture pact

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Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping talks with Rick Kimberley (right) while Xi visits Kimberley’s family farm on Thursday in Maxwell, Iowa. Sun yuting / China News Service.

By Tang Yingzi, China Daily, Feb 17, 2012 — DES MOINES, Iowa – China and the United States should strengthen cooperation in trade and food security and further exchanges in technology and information, Vice-President Xi Jinping said at the first China-US Agricultural Symposium on Thursday.

"It will have great significance and far-reaching influence if the cooperation between the two large agricultural countries can rise to a strategic level in order to achieve mutual benefit and shared progress," he said at the symposium.

During the symposium, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and China’s Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu signed a five-year Plan of Strategic Cooperation to guide discussions on food security, food safety and sustainable agriculture.

"Agriculture is the highlight of the bilateral trade and Chinese government always pays great attention to this sector," Han said. . . .

Last year, China became the top market for US agricultural goods, purchasing $20 billion in US agricultural exports. The high total of exports to China helped to support more than 160,000 American jobs on and off the farm in 2011 across a variety of sectors, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

China imported 1.68 million tons of corn from the US last year, the highest figure in 15 years, according to the USDA. China imported a total of 1.75 million tons of corn that year. . . .

Xi champions agriculture pact|China-US|chinadaily.com.cn

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