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U.S. and China Renew Agricultural Dialogue: Vilsack Meets Chinese Ag Minister

In a significant diplomatic engagement, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack met with Tang Renjian, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, on Thursday. This meeting marked the first engagement since 2015 under the Joint Committee on Cooperation in Agriculture, a platform established in 2003 to facilitate agricultural cooperation and bilateral exchanges between the United States and China.

Secretary Vilsack, in a news release, shared insights into the meeting’s agenda. Key topics included addressing market access issues and concerns raised by U.S. agricultural stakeholders. The discussion also covered strategies for tackling global challenges such as climate change and food security.

Emphasising the significance of this dialogue, Vilsack highlighted the importance of creating an environment conducive to innovative technologies and practices. Such an environment is crucial for ensuring productive and sustainable agricultural systems and facilitating trade.

Looking ahead, Secretary Vilsack expressed optimism about future exchanges and cooperation. He underscored the goal of forging a relationship that not only expands but also improves market access opportunities for U.S. farmers and ranchers in China, acknowledging the importance of China as a key agricultural export market for the United States.