Under Secretary McKinney’s Visit to China Reinforces U.S. Commitment to Trade

By - Monday, May 21, 2018

Written by Paul Burke, USSEC Regional Director – North Asia

USDA Official Tours World’s Largest Importer and Processor Of U.S. Soybeans

On May 15, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary Ted McKinney visited the refining operations center of the Yihai Kerry Corporation in Shanghai, China.

Under Secretary McKinney is traveling in China to reinforce that even during times of uncertainty, U.S. agriculture exporters continue to be viable partners and reliable suppliers to China. While at Yihai Kerry, Under Secretary McKinney indicated that he felt that the trade issues currently separating China and the United States would eventually be resolved to everyone’s benefit.

Speaking on behalf of his organization, Mr. Niu Yuxin, managing director of Yihai Kerry Group, expressed his thanks for the support the firm has received over the years from the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and said that the company desires to continue its time-tested partnership with the U.S. soybean industry, a partnership which has seen ups and downs during times of uncertainty and prosperity. Mr. Nui also spoke with Under Secretary McKinney about soybean-related government regulations such as the recent one concerning foreign materials.

Yihai Kerry is the second largest importer and processor of soybeans in China.

USSEC Country Director – China Zhang Xiaoping shows soybean oil produced with U.S. soybeans to Undersecretary McKinney and Mr. Nui.