November 25, 2019 / 6:47 AM / 14 days ago

Japan, China agree to key step towards resumption of Japanese beef exports: Motegi

Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi attend a meeting in Tokyo, Japan, November 25, 2019. Behrouz Mehri/Pool via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and China have signed an animal health and quarantine agreement, a key step towards the resumption of Japanese beef exports to its Asian neighbor, Japan’s foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Monday.

Motegi was speaking to reporters after a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Beijing has banned Japanese beef imports since an outbreak of mad-cow disease in 2001.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Kim Coghill

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