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FEBRUARY 2014 COOL CARGOES 22 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE Growers in China and the U.S. seek access to each other's market, but first must get to the core of a bitter dispute APPLES TO APPLES U .S. BEEF, CHINESE solar pan- els, genetically modified corn and U.S. software were high on the agenda at annual trade talks the U.S. and China held in mid-January. Chinese officials also revealed the top item on their agriculture wish list: access to the U.S. market for apples grown in China. "It makes sense that China's No. 1 ag issue is apple access to the U.S. — they certainly grow so much that access to this market would be important," said Todd Fryover, president of the Wash- ington State Apple Commission. "But it does make us a little nervous." Fryover said the state's growers are concerned that the U.S. apple mar- ket could be traded away by federal officials for something else, such as faster action on opening China to U.S. beef. "We just want to make sure that the negotiations are apples to apples, if you will." Washington state growers are eager to be able to sell apples to Chinese consumers. In 1993, China allowed Red and Golden Delicious varieties to be imported from the U.S., but it closed its borders to those varieties from the U.S. in August 2012 because of concerns about post-har- vest decay and disease. U.S. also growers want to be able By Stephanie Nall

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