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March 29, 2017

U.S. Trade Representative Responds to China’s Announcement to Resume U.S. Beef Trade

Kelsey Gee reported on Thursday at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “U.S. trade officials on Thursday set out steps necessary for China to resume imports of American beef after a 13-year ban, though they didn’t lay out a timetable for the resumption of trade.

The U.S. Trade Representative said the move this week by Chinese officials to drop the ban was a ‘critical first step‘ to restoring market access for U.S. producers.

“The USTR and U.S. Department of Agriculture ‘look forward to China’s final audit report on beef, and subsequent discussions between the United States and China on the specific conditions that will allow trade to resume,’ the representative said in a statement.”

Ms. Gee added that, “The U.S. and China have sparred over acceptable farming practices, including as recently as this month, when the Obama administration launched a case against China at the World Trade Organization. The U.S. alleges that Beijing is subsidizing grain and rice growers above internationally-agreed levels.

“Chinese and U.S. regulators also disagree on whether or not to permit the use of a handful of different veterinary medicines used in animal agriculture.”

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