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As China seeks to export apples to U.S., region’s growers see a grand opportunity

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SPOKANE — China has its sights set on exporting its fruit to the United States. And that’s OK with growers in Washington, who harvest the bulk of America’s apple crop.

Having the world’s No. 1 apple producer as a competitor may seem counterintuitive, but growers say opening U.S. borders to Chinese apples means American farmers should in turn be able to get a foothold in the country’s lucrative and growing market.

“We need to export apples,” said Mark Powers, vice…

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