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Wang Yang: Agricultural Cooperation Strongly Supports Stable Development of China-US Economic and Trade Relations

On November 22, 2015, Vice Premier Wang Yang attended the China-US Agriculture and Food Cooperation Seminar with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Trade Representative Michael Froman of the US when attending the 26th session of the China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in Guangzhou.

Wang Yang said that this is a fruitful year for China-US agricultural cooperation. During President Xi Jinping's visit to the US this September, the two heads of state reached a series of important consensus on agricultural cooperation. Agriculture is an important point where the common interests of China and the US converge, and a relatively stable aspect of cooperation. Agricultural cooperation has not only brought benefits to enterprises and peoples of the two countries, but also firmly supported the stable development of China-US economic and trade relations.

Wang Yang pointed out that the fifth plenary session of 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China proposed a new development concept of "innovation, coordination, environment protection, opening up and sharing", charting the course for China's agricultural development. China's agricultural modernization not only benefits the 1.3 billion Chinese people, but will also bring greater opportunities for China-US agricultural cooperation. China and the US should expand the scale of agricultural cooperation instead of pursuing trade protectionism, so as to provide convenience for the high-quality agricultural products to enter each other's domestic market as well as for each other's companies to invest. The two sides should expand cooperation not only in traditional fields such as trade and investment, but also to break new ground for cooperation in agricultural science and technology innovation, joint training of talents, disaster prevention and relief, inspection and quarantine, quality and safety of agricultural products and food, agricultural financing and others. The two sides should accommodate each other's concerns and seek solutions of mutual benefits and win-win results through sound communications. The two sides should make the best of all cooperation mechanisms, not only giving play to traditional ones such as the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, Strategic and Economic Dialogue and Joint Commission on Agricultural Commerce and Trade, but also playing the role of new platforms such as the Strategic Agricultural Innovation Dialogue as well as the special function of non-governmental organizations to build bigger bridges for China-US agricultural cooperation.

Tom Vilsack and Michael Froman said that China, as a country with broad vision, has achieved remarkable progress in many areas, and the US is willing to establish a closer economic and trade relations and a more powerful bilateral relations with China. As agriculture and food safety are the areas where both countries can reach more consensus, they hoped that the governments, enterprises and research institutions of both sides will strengthen exchanges and cooperation in this area.

After attending the seminar, Wang Yang met with Tom Vilsack and Michael Froman respectively, having in-depth exchanges of views on topics related to China-US cooperation in agriculture and trade.

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