The EU Finally Approves ChemChina’s Acquisition of Syngenta

China National Chemical Corp won the European Union’s antitrust approval for its $43 billion takeover of Swiss pesticide maker Syngenta AG, a day after the US gave its blessing, bringing China’s largest foreign acquisition closer to the finish line…Full Article: China Daily Apr 2017 Key Point By June 2017, ChemChina expects to officially close its

China’s Deputy Agricultural Minister States GMO Technology Can be Used Safely

China hasn’t approved any planting of GMO (genetically modified organism) grains, said a top agricultural official Tuesday [7 March 2017]. Agricultural Minister Han Changfu made the remarks during a news conference on the sidelines of the ongoing legislative and political advisory meetings…Full Article: Mar 2017 Key Point China’s Deputy Agricultural Minister noted that GMO

Heilongjiang Province Maintains Course to Institute GM Crop Ban in May 2017

Despite a backlash from scholars, the people of Heilongjiang, the northeastern province that grows more than 10 percent of China’s grain, appear to be standing united on its ban of genetically modified crops. Starting in May [2017], farmers will be prohibited from planting GM crops, according to a provincial regulation released in December. Observers have

ChemChina Rumored to Secure EU Approval for Acquisition of Syngenta

State-owned China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) is scheduled to secure conditional EU antitrust approval for its bid for Switzerland-based seeds and pesticides company Syngenta, media reports said Friday [3 February 2017], citing sources. Experts noted that the deal would help supplement ChemChina’s business while also help Syngenta seek growth in the global market…Full Article:

DuPont Pioneer and Beijing’s Origin Agritech Sign Agreement on Non-GM Corn Seed Products

Origin Agritech Ltd. (Nasdaq: SEED) (‘the Company” or “Origin”), an agricultural biotechnology trait and seed provider, recently signed a definitive agreement with DuPont Pioneer, the advanced seed and genetics business of DuPont (NYSE: DD)…Full Article: PRNewswire Jan 2017 Key Point Under the agreement, Beijing’s Origin Agritech will be given access to DuPont Pioneer’s non-GM corn

China Association for Science and Technology Debunks Rumors about Genetically Modified Crops

Scientists debunked Sunday many rumors about health that have spread in China this year, including that Americans do not eat GM foods and that carbonated water prevents cancer, the Beijing Youth Daily reported Tuesday. The top 10 science rumor list that was released by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) also rejected claims

Heilongjiang Province Doubles Down Against GM Crops

Farmers in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, China’s top grain producer, will be prohibited from growing Genetically Modified (GM) crops, according to a provincial regulation passed on Friday. The regulation will become effective on May 1, 2017…Full Article: Dec 2016 Key Point In October 2016, a survey in Heilongjiang Province reportedly showed that 91.5% of

ChemChina to Establish US$5 Billion Fund to Finance Acquisition of Syngenta

China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) is setting up a fund that will aim to raise $5 billion to help finance its purchase of Swiss seeds group Syngenta, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Thomson Reuters publication Basis Point. The financing structure entails investors committing to the fund, which would in turn own

ChemChina and SinoChem Deny Merger Talks

China’s two chemical giants, ChemChina and Sinochem, are denying an earlier Bloomberg report about their merger deal. A spokesperson under the ChemChina said “nothing of the sort” when contacted by comment…Full Article: CRIENGLISH Oct 2016 Key Point The merger between ChemChina and SinoChem may also include another Chinese organization/company that would invest US$15 billion

Details of Shaanxi GM Corn Case Reveals Possible Spread to Inner Mongolia and China’s Northeast

This August, a case of genetically modified corn seeds triggered hot public attention, as over 3638 mu (598 acres) of unlicensed GM maize fields in Shaanxi Province was weeded out compulsively. Police officials in Jingbian County of Yulin City recently unveiled more details of their investigation progress…Full Article: CRIENGLISH Oct 2016 Key Point A local