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Chinese Delegation Cancels Visit To Montana

Cows in a field
J. Stephen Conn
A cow stands in a field in this stock photo.

An advocacy group for Montana farmers says Chinese representatives cancelled their visit to the state Friday.

Nicole Rolf with the Montana Farm Bureau Federation says the Chinese embassy reached out Thursday for help to arrange a visit next week.

She says she was led to believe that the delegation would include nine agriculture and customs officials, including China’s Vice Minister of Agriculture.

“They mentioned the commodities they were interested in being beef, wheat, barley, wool,” Rolf said.

She says they cancelled Friday and said they’d be returning to China sooner than originally planned.

The visit comes during trade disputes between the United States and China, but Rolf says she doesn’t know if this is connected and wouldn’t want to speculate.

“We do have trade groups come through every once in a while, and so I guess just hearing that they were coming was not a huge surprise, but usually there is more advanced notice,” Rolf said. 

She says she isn’t sure what other stops the delegation made in the United States.

Kayla writes about energy policy, the oil and gas industry and new electricity developments.