WASHINGTON – Late in the day on Dec. 15, trade officials in China agreed to begin technical talks as soon as Jan. 3 to open China’s borders to US beef exports. AMI President J. Patrick Boyle said he was encouraged by this news and acknowledged the significant trade potential China represents.

“Open trade between our nations is in our mutual best interest,” Boyle said. “We applaud Ambassador Ron Kirk and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for a successful conclusion to the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade [JCCT] and for their efforts to open China’s beef market to US exports.

“We are very encouraged that China has committed to technical talks to address beef market access,” he added. “Open trade between our nations is in our mutual best interest.