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China agrees to lift ban on grain

China has lifted its ban on Hungarian grain imports, introduced in 1977, Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány announced in Beijing on Friday. Gyurcsány, speaking in the course of an official visit to China, said that the move would enable Hungary to send 500,000-1m tons of wheat to the country, adding that negotiations on the details would start next week. Gyurcsány met with Beijing mayor Wang Quishan on Friday, and the two men discussed more than USD 30 billion in investments the city is making in preparation to host the 2008 Olympic Games. (Econews; Fri Vg 2, NG 2)