NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday China would soon allow imports of beef on the bone from the United States.

“China’s domestic governmental authorities have completed quarantine procedures for U.S. beef on the bone and we will soon have such imports of beef from the United States,” Li told a business dinner in New York.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gestures as he arrives at the U.N. secretary’s general Ban-Ki Moon residence in New York on September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Kena Betancur/Pool

“While China itself is a large producer of agricultural products and animal husbandry, we also recognise that the U.S. has very good beef,” he said. “So why should we deny Chinese customers this good choice?”

Li, who was in New York to attend the annual United Nations General Assembly, said the move was an example of China’s sincerity in opening up its market to U.S. business.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom, David Chance and Rodrigo Campos; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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