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France persuades China to recognise Bordeaux

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France persuades China to recognise Bordeaux
Chinese students taste real Bordeaux wine. Photo: AFP
12:34 CEST+02:00
After a four-year struggle, France has convinced China to recognise "Bordeaux" as a brand in a bid to combat counterfeit wines, the government announced.

France has been in talks with China since 2011 to recognise the Bordeaux "appellation" -- a legally defined and protected geographical marker used to identify where grapes are grown.

China's recognition, announced Tuesday on the first of a three-day visit by Prime Minister Li Keqiang -- was a "historic advance" in the battle to stop fake Bordeaux wines being sold in Asia, the agricultural ministry said in a statement.

The appellations system "promotes quality productions rooted in our territory," it added.

The two countries are discussing around 100 geographical labels from both countries as part of wide-ranging trade talks.

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