Argentinean beef will be served on Beijing dinner plates this weekend for the first time since it was banned in 2005. Steak is on the menu at two special dining events held by the Embassy of Argentina at Obelisco, the only Argentinean restaurant in Beijing, on Friday and Saturday.
It is in celebration of "Argentinean weekend", designed to promote the country.
The Chinese government has given special permission for the meat to be imported for the dining event, according to Omar Odarda, the agricultural attache of the Embassy of Argentina in Beijing.
The beef will not be available at any other time, but authorities in Argentina hope the ban will soon be lifted.
The meat was banned for sale in China in 2005 after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the South American country. It is a contagious illness that affects cows, sheep, pigs and goats, and has broken out in many countries, including the UK and Brazil.
The World Organization for Animal Health declared Argentina free of foot-and-mouth disease in 2007.
"It's a way of getting ready for the re-introduction of Argentinean meat to the Chinese market, a way of saying, we are coming back," said Odarda.
He added that Argentina is negotiating with the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine in China (AQSIQ) for its meat to be allowed back into China.
On the menu
Appetizer: Traditional Argentinean Empanadas (Pastry stuffed with meat);
Main menu: Argentinean beef steak, fries and salad. Also sausages, black pudding and sweet bread;
Dessert: Dulce de Leche (Flan)
Price: 248 yuan/person
Time: starts 6:30 pm
Add: Laiguangying East Road, Shunyi district