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MOA's response to GM corn planting in Xinjiang: seeds are smuggled from abroad Recently, a research and development (R&D) unit in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was discovered illicitly planting genetically modified (GM) corn. Yesterday, in a GM media seminar, a person in charge of Department of Science, Technology and Education of the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China (MOA) gave a response to this matter. He believed that this R&D unit intentionally did it for the pursuit of personal business interests. Besides, the seeds were smuggled from abroad. Meanwhile, in experimental planting, it is quite possible that GM crops sneak into the market for illegal planting. In May 2016, Xinjiang Altay Prefecture Seed Administration Station found out that GM corn was illegally planted in corn seed farm covering an area of 133.33 ha (2,000 mu) in Fuhai County, Altay Prefecture. Now, all the GM crops have been uprooted. However, each side sticks to his own argument about where the GM seeds come from. Whether GM crops will sneak into the market for the so-called violation operations during experimental planting? For this question asked by a reporter from the Beijing Times, Lin Xiangming, the director of Genetically Modified Organisms Safety and Intellectual Property Right, Department of Science, Technology and Education of the MOA, said that it is quite possible that GM crops sneak into the market for illegal planting during experimental planting period. Besides, the illegal planting in Xinjiang was intentionally done by R&D unit it for the pursuit of personal business interests. Moreover, the seeds were smuggled from abroad. "In general, clearance of these GM seeds is not allowed, but the search is really difficult. In addition, someone works in a company related to GM technology in America, therefore it is more convenient to smuggle the parent back," said Lin Xiangming.