Beijing — China signed an agreement on Monday with France on the importation beef from the European country. The deal was on the hygiene and inspection requirements for French beef, according to a statement read out by an unidentified Chinese official who announced the agreement at the Great Hall of the People. The deal follows China lifting its embargo on French beef last year, a ban that dated back to the mad-cow disease crisis in Europe two decades ago. However, Beijing must certify processing plants before any meat can be shipped. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, speaking to reporters after the beef deal was signed at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, said that China was willing to further open its markets and to buy more French-produced agricultural goods. Li also noted that the deal they had signed on beef exports to China will "let Chinese consumers very quickly consume more high quality French beef and other agricultural goods". He gave no details. France said "the export ...

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