Produce station in the US has been shut down and a major beef producer has gone berserker over the US lifting its ban on Chinese imports.
The US banned Chinese imports from the US last month, sparking an uproar across the US and prompting the Chinese government to ban imports of US beef from January to May.
But China has taken things a step further, banning US beef imports from January 1, 2018.
Produce station Junction produce Station is closed.
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It was created and written by Boris Glynne.
Borrowing from the American tradition of a ‘whole hog’ story, this is the story of the story and how it changed.
It’s not an easy one.
First of all, it’s a bit of a mixed bag of facts.
China was not the first country to ban American imports of beef.
In the early 1800s, the British Empire banned all beef imports, including those from the United States, to protect British colonies.
Then in 1918, the United Nations decided that the United Kingdom had to go it alone in ending World War I, which was fought between the United Empire of France and Germany.
To avoid conflict, Britain agreed to trade with France in a deal known as the ‘Pyrrhic victory’.
That trade arrangement did not include China, but Chinese exports were banned.
However, British exports were allowed to continue.
So it was not until 1946 that the Chinese Government decided that a trade agreement with the United World powers was the only way forward, and that trade with the US should be banned.
China had been importing US beef for at least 60 years, but it was not allowed to import it until 1949.
At that time, China imported more than $200 billion in beef and pork in the USA in 2017, according to the United Meat Association, which represents US beef producers.
For years, US beef exports to China had been on the decline.
Now, US beef exports are back to levels they were a decade ago.
As a result, the US trade deficit with China has increased from $1.5 billion in 2015 to $2.9 billion in 2016, the most recent figures available.
Chinese beef exports are expected to grow at an average of 2.5% in 2018.