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China approves seven Brazilian packing plants for export of pork innards

Brazil's Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias announced today (4 November) that China has approved seven meat packing plants in the state of Santa Catarina for the export of pork innards.

4 November 2019, at 11:50am

Exports can begin immediately, Minister Dias said on Twitter, adding that the approvals came as a result of talks held during President Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to China last month. reports Reuters.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have been in discussions regarding bilateral investment and mutually beneficial trade partnerships.

China has received criticism for its trillion-dollar infrastructure and connectivity plan, the US speculating that the plan is a “debt trap” for developing countries involved. Initially, Bolsonaro did not make any solid commitment to Jinping's ambitious plan but the leader was quoted by Bloomberg at a separate forum saying Brazil and China were "completely aligned in a way that reaches beyond our commercial and business relationship".

The first official announcement from the talks was released this morning (4 November): pork trade between the two nations is back on the menu. Seven meat packing plants in the state of Santa Catarina have now been approved to export pork innards to China

Brazil is also looking to send more soybeans to China - in the wake of African swine fever and the US-China trade war, this newly consolidated relationship will be a boost for both nations.