How the U.S.-China relation may be improved by 100 tons of CHICKEN FEET

The tense trade relation between the United States and China may be facing a new start thanks to 100 tons of chicken feet.

Customs officials in Shanghai yesterday allowed in a container of the animal parts worth $170,000 from America five years after Beijing banned U.S. poultry meat because of avian influenza concerns.

The lifting of the sanction, likely to be Beijing’s ‘chicken feet’ diplomacy, came as the world’s two dominant economic powers are poised to sign a ‘phase one’ trade deal today in a bid to end years of tariff dispute.

A screen grab from CCTV news shows customs officials inspecting the U.S. chicken feet in the Qingpu District of Shanghai on January 14. China has allowed in 100 tons of the goods worth $170K after banning American poultry meat in 2015 out of avian influenza concerns

A screen grab from CCTV news shows customs officials inspecting the U.S. chicken feet in the Qingpu District of Shanghai on January 14. China has allowed in 100 tons of the goods worth $170K after banning American poultry meat in 2015 out of avian influenza concerns

A screen grab from CCTV news shows customs officials inspecting the U.S. chicken feet in the Qingpu District of Shanghai on January 14. China has allowed in 100 tons of the goods worth $170K after banning American poultry meat in 2015 out of avian influenza concerns

A screen grab from CCTV news shows customs officials checking the documents of the goods. The lifting of the sanction came as the world's two dominant economic powers are poised to sign a 'phase one' trade deal today in a bid to end years of tariff dispute

A screen grab from CCTV news shows customs officials checking the documents of the goods. The lifting of the sanction came as the world's two dominant economic powers are poised to sign a 'phase one' trade deal today in a bid to end years of tariff dispute

A screen grab from CCTV news shows customs officials checking the documents of the goods. The lifting of the sanction came as the world’s two dominant economic powers are poised to sign a ‘phase one’ trade deal today in a bid to end years of tariff dispute

The batch of chicken feet cleared customs at an inspection centre in the Qingpu District of Shanghai, reported Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

They are expected to be sold in cities and towns in the Yangtze River Delta Region in eastern China from today, the report said, as families prepare for their Lunar New Year meals.

Chicken feet (鸡爪), locally known as phoenix claws, are a popular snack in China. They are often cooked with herbs and spices and eaten hot or cold along with alcohol. Diners enjoy them by eating the skin and cartilage.

Chicken feet, locally known as phoenix claws, are a popular snack in China. They are often cooked with herbs and spices and eaten hot or cold along with alcohol

Chicken feet, locally known as phoenix claws, are a popular snack in China. They are often cooked with herbs and spices and eaten hot or cold along with alcohol

Chicken feet, locally known as phoenix claws, are a popular snack in China. They are often cooked with herbs and spices and eaten hot or cold along with alcohol

US President Donald Trump is set to sign a 'phase one' trade deal with China on Wednesday

US President Donald Trump is set to sign a 'phase one' trade deal with China on Wednesday

US President Donald Trump is set to sign a ‘phase one’ trade deal with China on Wednesday

Though the details of the new deal have not been revealed, the White House has stipulated that President Xi'swill buy an additional $200billion in American products over a two-year period compared to 2017, including $50billion in agricultural goods a year

Though the details of the new deal have not been revealed, the White House has stipulated that President Xi'swill buy an additional $200billion in American products over a two-year period compared to 2017, including $50billion in agricultural goods a year

Though the details of the new deal have not been revealed, the White House has stipulated that Beijing will buy an additional $200billion in American products over a two-year period compared to 2017, including $50billion in agricultural goods a year

The Chinese firm that imported the chicken feet is planning to buy more poultry products from the United States because the Chinese market is ‘huge’.

Feng Shiting, director of Shanghai Chenrui International Trading Company, told a reporter from CCTV that he and an unspecified American company had signed a contract to import up to 500 tons of products every month in the first quarter of the year. 

China prohibited the import of all U.S. poultry products on January 9, 2015, following an flu outbreak in America. Beijing officially lifted the ban on November 14 last year after carrying out a series of risk assessments, according to Chinese state newspaper Guangming Daily.

Before the ban, China imported $222.6 million worth of this goods from the United States in 2014, said Stefan Legge, a trade expert at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, citing figures from the UN Comtrade Database.

In 2018 China imported a total of $1.14 billion worth of 'meat and edible offal of poultry' from the rest of the world while total U.S. exports in this category amounted to $3.63 billion

In 2018 China imported a total of $1.14 billion worth of 'meat and edible offal of poultry' from the rest of the world while total U.S. exports in this category amounted to $3.63 billion

Before the ban, China imported $222.6 million worth of this goods from the United States in 2014

Before the ban, China imported $222.6 million worth of this goods from the United States in 2014

In 2018 China imported a total of $1.14 billion worth of ‘meat and edible offal of poultry’ from the rest of the world while total U.S. exports in this category amounted to $3.63 billion

The senior researcher considers China’s lifting of the import ban ‘a symbolic move’.

He told MailOnline: ‘In the big picture: the U.S. administration appears to seek a thaw in its China relationship: just enough to help the economy for the election in November. 

‘For China, many of the concessions are in their own interest as they don’t require its government to change its business model.’ 

Quoting official statistics, Mr Legge said in 2018 China imported a total of $1.14 billion worth of ‘meat and edible offal of poultry’ from the rest of the world while total U.S. exports in this category amounted to $3.63 billion. 

The expert said these numbers highlighted the ‘significance’ of the move for the American poultry industry even though poultry meat, including chicken feet, had relatively small economic importance.

U.S. President Donald Trump is set to sign a trade deal with China on Wednesday.

Though the details of the new deal have not been revealed, the White House has stipulated that Beijing will buy an additional $200billion in American products over a two-year period compared to 2017, including $50billion in agricultural goods a year. 

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