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Iowa, China Agree to Economic Deal

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa officials have signed an agreement to strengthen the state's economic ties with China.
   The Des Moines Register says (http://dmreg.co/SAn0pH ) the memorandum of understanding was signed Thursday in Des Moines with officials from China's Ministry of Commerce and four provinces in northeast China. The agreement includes creation of a joint working group to enhance trade and investment.
   In addition, the Chinese agreed to buy $100 million worth of U.S. soybeans.
   Iowa economic development director Debi Durham says the agreement is a result of the February 2012 Iowa visit by President Xi Jinping, who was vice president at the time.
   The $100 million soybean contract covers soybeans planted this spring, for delivery after the harvest. The deal represents 200,000 tons of soybeans.

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