The China National Feed Industry Association will support continued cooperation with U.S. exporters of distillers' dried grains, a corn-based animal feed that is the subject of a bilateral trade dispute, a media official with the association said Friday.

The official, who didn't wish to be named, confirmed a U.S. Grains Council report Friday that said the association supports the continuation of U.S. exports of distillers dried grains to China.

"We've always been in touch with and are cooperating with the U.S. side," he said.

The association will also try to request a "very limited" duty on U.S. distillers dried grains in China's pending anti-dumping investigation, the council said.

Trade tensions over these U.S. exports to China heightened late last year, after the U.S Trade Representative complained about Chinese wind-power subsidies, apparently sparking a Chinese retaliatory anti-dumping probe into the feedstock in December. However, China grain officials have suggested the probe will likely favor "lower-than-expected" anti-dumping duties.