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Industry asks Trump to press China on resuming beef trade

China has failed to follow through on commitment to restore beef trade.

When President Donald Trump meets with China's President Xi Jinping in April, those in the meat industry hope he will raise the issue of restoring U.S. beef access to China. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Trump’s nominee for ambassador to China, has already promised that it will be one of his top priorities.

American beef producers have been denied access to China -- a market worth $2.6 billion -- since 2003. Last fall, China announced that it had lifted its ban on imports of U.S. be

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