A ceremony was held in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province to mark the entry of the first shipment of rice imports from Laos.
The shipment weighed 87.8 tonnes and was valued at 746 million U.S. dollars.
China mainly imports rice from Vietnam, Thailand and Pakistan. It recently added Laos to the list.
China’s appetite for grain imports has been growing fast, as the increasingly wealthy population seek more choices of staple food.
The new trade between China and Laos is seen to be born out of the Belt and Road initiative.
The initiative, proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013, aims at building a trade and infrastructure network connecting China with other parts of Asia, Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road trade routes.