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China, Canada to strengthen agricultural cooperation

Minister Han Changfu met Mr. Lawrence Macaulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, in Beijing on 21 November 2017. The two sides exchanged views on furthering bilateral agricultural cooperation.

Minister Han welcomed Mr. McCauley and stated that being big agricultural countries, China and Canada enjoy great complementarities and thus broad prospect for cooperation in agriculture. He hoped that the two sides could strengthen S&T exchanges and cooperation that highlights green agriculture to promote sustainable agricultural development as China is advancing green development in agriculture. Minister Han also proposed that the two sides strengthen fisheries cooperation, conduct research collaboration in soybean and rice, and promote agricultural trade and investment.

Canadian Minister fully agreed with Minister Han. He expressed that the Canadian side is willing to work with China to further bilateral agricultural cooperation for win-win outcome.

After the meeting, the two sides signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Agricultural Biotechnology between the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, pledging further cooperation in agricultural biotechnology.

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