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Agriculture discussions open WTO meeting
By Jiang Jingjing and Zheng Yanyan (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-13 05:59

DALIAN: Delegates representing developing countries yesterday put forward proposals for the opening up of international agricultural trade on the opening day of the WTO Informal Ministerial Meeting.

Chinese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai (R) talks to U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman before a World Trade Organisation (WTO) informal ministerial meeting in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning province, July 12, 2005. [newsphoto]
Ministers from 30 of the 148 WTO (World Trade Organization) members took part in discussions yesterday in Dalian, a city in Northeast China's Liaoning Province.

The meeting opened with a gathering of the G20 (Group 20 developing countries) who are working to persuade richer WTO members to grant freer access to their markets.

"Agriculture is the area with the greatest distortions maintained by developed countries and where developing countries enjoy sizeable comparative advantages. The meaningful results in agriculture are essential to lead the Doha Round to a success," said a G20 statement.
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