China obstructs the import of food products from Western countries
China will block the import of food products of Western countries, China intends to increase the supervision of food imports to the country by passing a law. If the law is passed, countries will have to obtain health permits from Chinese authorities to export food products to China.
China is the second largest importer of food products in the world. By blocking the law, it could severely reduce the volume of food exports from the United States or EU member states to China. The United States and Europe believe the restriction is a form of economic protectionism imposed by Chinese authorities. In the United States and Europe, only perishable food requires a health license to be imported.