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China Overtakes U.S. as Largest Crop Importer, WTO Data Show

China passed the U.S. last year for the first time to become the biggest importer of agricultural products and also increased its exports, according to data by the World Trade Organization.

Imports, including food and beverages, rose 34 percent to $144.7 billion in 2011 from $108.3 billion in 2010, according to Bloomberg calculations based on data released by the Geneva-based trade body. Exports gained 25 percent to $64.6 billion, beating Canada to become the sixth largest, the data show.