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Japan's Beef Exports to China Likely to Resume in 2020

21 November 2019

JAPAN - Japan is in the final stage of talks with China to resume exports of beef to the world’s most populous market for the first time in about two decades, government sources said Thursday.

Tokyo is hoping to the exports will be resumed next year, the sources said. Beijing has banned beef imports from Japan since the first case of mad cow disease was detected in the country in 2001.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi are expected to sign a pact on animal health and quarantine, which will serve as a precondition for the resumption, during a meeting that is likely to take place Monday.

Wang is scheduled to visit Japan for a two-day meeting of Group of 20 foreign ministers in Nagoya from Friday.

Beef consumption has been on the rise in China, especially among high-income households.

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Source: The Japan Times

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