Spanish beef exporters celebrate that China opened its doors to them after a quarter of a century

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Published Feb 21, 2024

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China has lifted its 2001 ban on Spanish beef, a move that could significantly boost Spanish beef exports to Asia. This follows Algeria's recent cancellation of its boycott on Spanish cattle. However, industry insiders have urged caution, noting that beef is not a commonly consumed meat in China, with pork being consumed seven times more. China's main beef imports come from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, New Zealand, the US, and Australia, but its relationship with Argentina has been strained due to Argentina's decision to withdraw from the BRICS group.
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China officially confirmed this Monday that it is lifting the veto on Spanish beef, in force since the "mad cow" epidemic, back in 2001. The novelty had been announced on Sunday by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, met in Córdoba with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi. This is the second big news in a month for the meat sector, after Algeria - the third market for Spanish cattle - annulled the boycott of Spanish producers, adopted after Pedro Sánchez's government aligned itself with Morocco in the Western Sahara conflict. The director of the Provacuno producer organization, Javier López, makes a "completely positive assessment, of normalization of a situation that was not logical, since in 2016 it was certified that Spain was clean." Beyond health considerations, other diplomatic ones seem to come into play. Starting with China's decision to deal with this issue country by country and not with the community bloc. "Spain is not among the first nor among the last ...
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