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China Said to Signal Lifting Ban on Imports of GMO Corn Variety

China’s government has told traders and officials that the Ministry of Agriculture approved lifting a ban on imports of a genetically-modified corn variety that’s commonly grown in the U.S., as trade talks between the two countries begin today, said people familiar with the matter.

The approval covers imports of the MIR 162 corn variety developed by Syngenta AG, according to people who were notified verbally by officials at the ministry. They asked not to be identified because information hasn’t been made public.