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Maine Lobsters have reportedly become a New Year delicacy for China's rising middle class, according to an AP report from Beijing and Shanghai.

There are lots of American lobster on the menu for Chinese New Year. Exports of U.S. lobster to China have increased, largely to satisfy the appetites of the communist country's growing middle class, to whom a steamed, whole crustacean flown in live from the United States is not just a festive delicacy and a good-luck symbol but also a mark of prosperity.

And that's good news for lobster-men and women in Maine, where the boom has put more money in their pockets and kept them busy during the usually slack midwinter months.