During a House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing, Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud provided an update on the status of trade discussions between the U.S. and China. The upcoming G20 Summit could set a path forward to continue negotiations. Doud says the relationship is important, but it needs to be fair. “My biggest frustration, and we’ve spent hours with China talking about this, is biotech approvals. China is the only country in the world that requires you send them the seed,” says Doud. “Then, they have to cultivate the seed before they approve the biotech trait. Ted and our team at the USTR have spent hours with China trying to resolve these structural, non-tariff trade barriers.” The U.S. hasn’t done permanent damage to the China relationship yet, according to USDA Under Secretary Ted McKinney and the Trump administration “has farmer’s and USDA’s backs in these negotiations.”
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