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“We had very successful meetings with importers in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou asking when Washington apples will be back in,” Mr. Fryhover told the Salem (Ore.) Capital Press earlier this week

On the other hand, there is a greater concern that Chinese apples could bring damaging pests and diseases to the U.S., which could destroy crops and would be unhealthy for consumers to eat.

U.S. officials are concerned, because China has a record of exporting dangerous pests and diseases to other countries.

The Agriculture Department shared a list of 67 pests “of concern” with Chinese officials, but China has been slow agree to reforms that would rid their apples of pests to the satisfaction of the U.S.