China's growing demand for rice is set to be met by US farmers, concluding ten-years worth of talks China has for the first time ever agreed to allow rice from the US to be imported, matching a major producer with the world’s biggest consumer of the grain.
The announcement, made by the US Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, marks the end of more than ten years of negotiations between the two countries.
The US has a long history of rice production, the bulk of which is grown in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas.
The deal could suggest relations between the US and China are softening, following President Donald Trump’s meeting with China President Xi Jinping in April.
During the US Presidential campaign last year, Mr Trump accused Chinese imports of stealing US industrial jobs.