Taoiseach Enda Kenny is optimitic that Ireland can reach a deal to get Irish beef back into the Chinese market.
Mr Kenny met with the Chinese Vice President Xi Jingping this afternoon.
The two leaders also discussed further co-operation on trade and tourism.
"One area that I discussed with him, for instance, is the process that has to be gone through in respect of entry of beef to China,"
"These are longer-term operations, and they're based purely on scientific evidence, and there is a process to be gone through here.
"But China expressed a clear willingness to start that process by having scientific experts analyse Ireland's standards now."