Qin Gang, China’s ambassador to the United States, on Thursday stressed the importance of agricultural cooperation between the United States and China, two major powers in agriculture and trade in agricultural products. He called for more cooperation and exchange in this area in order to benefit both sides and improve global food security.
Qin participated in the High-Level US-Chinese Agricultural Dialogue, organized by the Chinese Embassy in the United States, the US Heartland China Association and the China Agricultural Association for International Exchange, in Des Moines, the capital of Iowa.
The Chinese ambassador gave the keynote address to a large audience of high-level farmers, businessmen and officials.
Qin described his trip to the American heartland as “a journey in the heart” with the aim of “helping to establish friendly relations and trust” and “helping to strengthen agricultural and rural ties”,
“China is the world’s largest agricultural importer and the United States is the largest exporter. When the Chinese’s desire for a better life meets American quality agricultural products and advanced agricultural technologies, new potential for agricultural cooperation arises. Strategically promoting win-win agricultural cooperation will not only improve food supply diversity to the Chinese people and increase the income of American farmers, but also make the global food supply more stable and secure and contribute to the global fight against climate change, “said Qin.
Qin said the agricultural transition could provide new opportunities for US-China cooperation. “US agriculture is undergoing a low-carbon and green transition, with farmers using advanced technologies and methods for carbon capture and storage and using quality feed to reduce methane emissions. China has set itself the goal of reaching carbon peaks before 2030 and carbon neutrality. before 2060. To achieve these goals, it is necessary to leverage advanced technologies, experience and seeds to address climate change in agriculture. This will certainly create new opportunities for China-US agricultural cooperation. “
The ambassador said in the last two years that China has made a huge effort to fully implement the Phase 1 trade agreement. He stressed that China has not used the force majeure clause despite the pandemic and has even adopted a market-based exclusion process for countermeasures on US agricultural products. “This fully demonstrates our sincerity and good will,” he said.