The Agricultural Committee in the Heilongjiang province held a special meeting recently to arrange detailed tasks of expanding soybeans production, Shanghai-based publication The Paper said.
The Jilin province committee called expanding soybeans production the "top political task" at the moment.
According to a widely circulated "urgent notice" from the Agricultural Committee in the Heilongjiang province, the region is expected to expand soybeans planting by 5 million mu (about 1.7 million hectares) this year.
China’s soybeans imports grew steadily in recent years, reaching a record high of 95.54 million tonnes in 2017. US soybeans accounted for about 34.3 percent of China’s overall soybeans import last year.
According to Beijing’s proposed retaliation plan, US soybeans could face 25 percent tariffs when exported to China. Agricultural trader Bunge reportedly said that China has stopped buying US soybeans.