China lifts ban on US poultry

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"Reopening China to US poultry will create new export opportunities for our poultry farmers and support thousands of workers employed by the US poultry industry", US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.

The stoppage originally occurred in January 2015 due to an outbreak of avian influenza, which led to a Chinese ban on all USA poultry and eggs.

China, the world's top pork consumer, will likely buy all types of US chicken, turkey and duck to offset the pork shortage, said Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, an industry group.

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The lifting of the ban is "great news for both America's farmers and China's consumers", Lighthizer said.

China's resumption of U.S. poultry imports comes as the world's two largest economies are trying to finalise a limited trade deal that focuses largely on increased Chinese purchases of American farm products and the opening of China's financial services market.

Major US chicken processors like Sanderson Farms, Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's Pride saw their stock value climb to year highs on Thursday, following the announcement.

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Trump last month held off on a round of tariff increases, and White House officials have suggested that as part of the current mini-deal he could delay fresh tariffs on US$160 billion worth of Chinese goods planned for mid-December.

Last month, USA and Chinese negotiators announced a modest breakthrough. Big differences over China's technology policies were largely unaddressed and left for future negotiations. U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier he had not agreed to ease any levies.

But even that tentative "Phase 1" deal hasn't been officially signed as China presses the roll back its tariffs. The Chinese Commerce Ministry said Thursday it still expected the USA to lift punitive tariffs on its imports, which Trump has sharply rejected. Last month, Trump announced on Twitter that he is working on a "phase one" trade agreement with China that is "60%" done, but has made no promises about completely removing tariffs.

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