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China lifts the ban on Spanish beef imports

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Since 2000, Beijing has imposed a ban on the European Union from exporting beef products due to the emergence of several cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or "mad cow" disease, in several members of the bloc that year.

Posted on Feb 19 ,00:15

China lifts the ban on Spanish beef imports

"It is good news, especially for Spanish farmers", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a joint news conference with his Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Albares in Cordoba in southern Spain.

The announcement comes as farmers in Spain have for the past two weeks taken part in EU-wide protests over heavy regulation, high costs and cheaper imports which they say have left them struggling to make ends meet.

"When you take into account the size of the Chinese market, the impact is going to be extraordinarily positive", Albares said.

"This is a measure which we have long been asking for and which benefits the entire countryside. It is hard to find a market like the Chinese market".

Wang is scheduled to meet with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Monday before heading to France. This is his first visit to Spain in six years.

"China sees Spain as a good and trustworthy partner in the European Union. We are willing to work together with Spain to develop bilateral relations", the Chinese minister said.

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