Statement on China’s Commitment to Resolve Beef Trade Issues by Gregg Doud, Chief Economist
WASHINGTON - “We are pleased with the progress U.S. and Chinese officials appear to be making based on today’s meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT). Our expectation is that technical teams will begin to meet immediately to formalize the terms of trade based on standards outlined by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
“We have seen tremendous support from leaders in Congress on this issue. Just last week, 28 members of the House Beef Caucus and 21 senators sent a letter to President Bush asking that he push for the ‘fair treatment of America’s beef and beef products in the Chinese market.’
“For more than two years, America’s cattle producers have worked tirelessly to re-open our valuable international markets so consumers around the world can enjoy safe, quality U.S. beef products. Today’s commitment by China to re-open its market to U.S. beef exports is a positive step toward establishing trade policies based on sound scientific principals.
“The Chinese market holds great potential for America’s cattle producers. We are anxious for our governments to continue these discussions. We hope significant progress will be made on these issues before the state visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao on April 20.”