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Denmark makes deal to export millions of sausages to China

Denmark will on Wednesday announce a series of new bilateral agreements with China at a ceremony in Beijing, where Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen is currently on an official visit.

Denmark makes deal to export millions of sausages to China
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One of the agreements involves the export of pre-cooked pork from Denmark to the Chinese market.

This agreement will be worth as much as 250 million kroner ($36.7 million) per year to the Danish export market, estimates the Danish Agriculture and Food Council according to news agency Ritzau.

“The agreement gives specific access for export of, amongst other things, Danish sausages to China and means that a larger proportion of Danish pork can be processed in Denmark, which in the end can result in more jobs,” the PM told Ritzau.

This is not the first time a so-called ‘sausage deal’ has been tabled with China.

In 2014, then-minister for food Dan Jørgensen declared sausage exports worth millions to Danish producers.

But a number of food production scandals in China damaged these deals after rules were tightened, reports Ritzau.

Chinese officials decided to reevaluate the agreement with Denmark at the time.

“It was a case of China, in the middle of a long negotiation process, changing its food laws, so we had to update protocols. So we have had to go through a completely new round of negotiations,” Christian Dehlholm, consultant to the state in China, told Ritzau.

Rasmussen is accompanied in China by food and environment minister Esben Lunde Larsen and acting health minister Karen Ellemann, as well as a number of business representatives.

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Six agreements between the countries are expected to be signed during the Beijing ceremony, with several more to follow over the coming days.

In addition to the deal on sausage exports, aggeements are also expected to be made on export of Danish organic produce to China and the loan of two panda bears to Copenhagen zoo, reports Ritzau.

The agreements are part of a broader programme containing 58 different points on collaboration between the two countries.

Denmark and China established a strategic partnership in 2008.

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China derides Copenhagen democracy meet as ‘political farce’

China on Tuesday blasted a democracy conference in Copenhagen attended by Taiwan's president and a Hong Kong activist alongside Danish government officials this week, qualifying it a "political farce".

China derides Copenhagen democracy meet as 'political farce'
Demonstrators gathered outside the Copenhagen Democracy Summit on Tuesday. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

The Copenhagen Democracy Summit was held Monday and Tuesday in the Danish capital and organised by the Alliance of Democracies, an organisation targeted by Beijing sanctions in March and founded by former NATO boss Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

In addition to Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law, Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod also participated in the forum by video link, which Beijing said violated “the one-China principle.”

“This summit is a political farce,” the Chinese embassy in Denmark wrote in a statement published on Tuesday. “Inviting those who advocate Taiwan and Hong Kong ‘independence’ to the meeting violates the one-China principle and interferes in China’s internal affairs,” it said.

“Some hypocritical western politicians are good at meddling in other countries’ internal affairs and creating divisions and confrontation in the name of ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’. They are bound to fail,” it added.

At the conference on Monday, Kofod said it was “deplorable” that Beijing had imposed sanctions on 10 European individuals and organisations in response to EU sanctions on Xinjiang officials over their actions against the Uyghur Muslim minority.

Like most countries, Denmark applies the one-China principle — under which Beijing bars other countries from having simultaneous diplomatic relations with Taipei — though it does maintain relations with Taiwan.

Cut off politically from the rest of China since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, the territory is self-governing but is not recognised by
the United Nations.

Beijing considers Taiwan a rebel province that will one day return under its control, by force if necessary.

China’s sabre-rattling has increased considerably over the past year, with fighter jets and nuclear-capable bombers breaching Taiwan’s air defence zone on a near-daily basis.

“Our government is fully aware of the threats to regional security, and is actively enhancing our national defence capabilities to protect our
democracy,” Tsai told the conference in a video address on Monday. US President Joe Biden is expected to present his China strategy soon, as
calls mount for him to publicly commit to defending Taiwan militarily in the event of a Chinese attack.

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