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China has announced that it plans this year to ratify the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which aims to protect biological diversity from the potential risks of modern biotechnology.

The protocol — an instrument of the international Convention on Biological Diversity — requires that risk assessments of adverse effects on the local environment are made before imports of living modified organism products are allowed.

In making the announcement, officials from the State Environmental Protection Agency said that the Chinese government supports modern biotechnology, but is also very concerned about biosafety.

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