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China greenlights 5 new genetically modified crops amid trade talks

IANS  |  Beijing 

approved imports of five new varieties of genetically modified crops, paving the way for US agricultural firms to sell more biotech seeds to Chinese buyers, as and seek to ease trade tensions.

The approval, which included soybean, canola and corn products, came as US and Chinese officials meet in to hammer out details on a number of broad pledges made by the Chinese leadership, news reported.

last made new approvals of in June 2017.

In addition to the five new approvals, 26 other genetically modified crop varieties were given renewed approvals for importing into China, the report said.

For the US farm sector, the move was another step towards clearing a backlog of biotech seeds that awaited approval from China, in some cases for years.

Tuesday's announcement opened the door for more imports of from the US, although it was difficult to gauge the exact impact, said He Yuxin, a at Zhuochuang, a commodities consultancy firm based in eastern province.

"If the trade talks go smoothly, will for sure import more soybeans from the US," said He. "It's still too early to say by how much. After all, China has diversified imports of from other countries."



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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 16:42 IST