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China opens rice market for US exports for first time ever


After years of negotiations, China has agreed to open its domestic market for U.S. rice exports for the first time ever, acknowledging its need for foreign shipments to meet the growing demands of its vast middle class.

“This market represents an exceptional opportunity today, with enormous potential for growth in the future,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in a statement Thursday announcing the agreement.