On the morning of April 22 Beijing Time, the China-U.S. High-level Agricultural Dialogue hosted by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America, the United States Heartland China Association (USHCA), and the China Agricultural Association for International Exchange (CAAIE) was successfully held in Des Moines, Iowa. Chen Xiaojia, President of CAAIE and Chairman of CITIC Construction delivered welcoming remarks on behalf of CAAIE signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with USHCA.
The Dialogue was chaired by Kenneth M. Quinn, President Emeritus of the World Food Prize Foundation. Chinese officials, including Qin Gang, Chinese Ambassador to the U.S., Shi Qingshuang, Vice Governor of Hebei Province, and Sui Pengfei, Director General of Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), and U.S. officials such as Nicholas Burns, U.S. Ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, former U.S. Ambassador to China, Clay Hamilton, Associate Administrator of Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S Department of Agriculture, Bob Holden, Chairman of USHCA and former Governor of Missouri attended the Dialogue and delivered speeches.
In the welcoming remarks, Chen Xiaojia recalled what President Xi Jinping pointed out when attending the first China-U.S. High-level Agricultural Symposium in Des Moines in 2012: agriculture is an important area for developing China-U.S. relations and deepening China-U.S. cooperation. Chen mentioned that for the past ten years, through the efforts of the Chinese and U.S. governments and enterprises, the agricultural cooperation mechanism between the two countries has become more mature, the interaction between both sides’private sectors has become more frequent, and the cooperation between enterprises has become more diversified with numerous highlights. He also expressed the hope for enterprises of both countries to take this Dialogue as an opportunity to enhance communication in the industry, explore win-win business opportunities, promote the expansion of agricultural trade, explore innovative agricultural investment models, and strengthen the exchange and mutual learning of agricultural research and green development concepts. In this way, enterprises can contribute to a broader and brighter future of China-U.S. agricultural cooperation.
Wei Zhenglin, Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation of MARA and leaders of relevant departments, leaders of local agricultural departments in Tianjin, Hebei, Henan, and Shaanxi, and about 500 industry representatives of China and the U.S. coming from companies like China National Agricultural Development Group Co., Ltd., Beidahuang Group, Guangdong Agribusiness Group Corporation, Yuan Longping High-tech Agriculture Co., Ltd. (“Longping High-tech”), Heilongjiang Hengyuan Food Co.,Ltd, U.S. Soybean Export Council, Syngenta Group, and Continental Grain Company, attended the Dialogue online and offline.