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China has banned more than 2,000 Taiwan food imports amid Pelosi's visit as Beijing steps up trade weaponization

Added 08-03-22 04:14:03am EST - “China has banned products including pineapples in the past as tensions between the two territories rose, but the ban is far more extensive this time.” - Businessinsider.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “China has banned more than 2,000 Taiwan food imports amid Pelosi's visit as Beijing steps up trade weaponization”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

China has banned thousands of food imports from Taiwan amid US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's controversial visit to the island.

In a statement issued Wednesday, China's customs department said it has suspended imports of some fish and citrus fruits because they have repeatedly tested for excessive pesticide residues in the past year.

While China did not link the ban to Pelosi's ongoing visit and has banned Taiwanese farm products in the past, citing similar reasons, the timing of the move has raised questions. Joyce Jan, a local lawmaker from Taichung city, China's told Taiwan's United Daily News that the import suspensions are politically motivated.

The suspension comes after China banned more than 2,000 individual Taiwanese food imports, ranging from fresh produce to processed food like baby food, candy, and pastries, according to a Nikkei review of Chinese customs data. No reasons were given for the suspensions, per Nikkei. The ban was imposed on Monday, according to United Daily News.

Taiwanese lawmaker Wang Ting-yu from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party tweeted on Tuesday that the island will not be "intimidated" by China's "weaponization of trade."


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