China and Taiwan fight over pineapples

China and Taiwan fight over pineapples
China has banned the import of pineapple from Taiwan citing dangerous germs.

The battle going on in Taiwan these days about Pineapple will probably be the most talked about issue in the world.

In fact, China banned the import of pineapples from Taiwan last month, given the possibility of damage to their crops by "harmful organisms".

China's move angered Taiwan's leaders.

These leaders said that this ban has nothing to do with 'mistake' but is a ploy by China to pressure their country.

China's communist government has claimed for decades that Taiwan is not a country but a province of China. However, Taiwan has always rejected this claim.

In response to China's ban on pineapples, Taiwanese leaders have found new customers abroad.

It has also called upon its citizens to consume more and more pineapples.

Taiwan's Vice President Lai Ching-te wrote in his tweet: "Taiwanese people are stronger than pineapple fighter jets. Geopolitical pressure cannot spoil their taste."

According to the Taiwan Agricultural Council, the country produces four lakh 20 thousand tons of pineapple every year. Outside this, exports are around 10%.

Most of it was sent to China. Following the Chinese ban, pineapple prices are expected to fall in the country this year.

Taiwan's President Sai Ing Wen has launched the 'ea Pineapple Challenge' on social media. Their goal is to find new Taiwanese buyers to increase pineapple purchases.

At the same time, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has used his ministry's Twitter account to use his hashtag Taiwan and has urged his followers around the world to support Taiwan's campaign and the FreedomPanel hashtag.

Subsequently, US and Canadian embassies in Taiwan participated in the expedition.

The American Taiwan Institute posted several pictures on its Facebook page.

In one photo, the director of the institute, Brent Christenson, appeared on his desk with three pineapples.

At the same time, a picture was posted by the Canadian Bureau of Commerce in the capital Taipei with pineapple pizza of its employees.

The post read: "In the Canadian office we are with Pineapple Pizza, especially Taiwanese Pineapple!"

Sai wrote: "Japanese consumers can make the biggest difference. From there, we got an order to buy 5,000 tons of pineapple."

Many Japanese have also supported the Taiwanese campaign on Twitter.

One user wrote: "I'm sure to buy something. Last year I used it and felt like its core could be eaten. Now I like its juicy sweet flavors."

The effect of this campaign was that within a few days, Taiwan received enough orders for pineapples to be shipped to China.

However, there are still 90% pineapple growers who usually sell it in the country.

In southern Taiwan, Yang Euphan, an organic pineapple grower known as 'Pin Prince of Pineapple', told BBC Chinese that Taiwanese producers increased their exports to China in recent years, as research in countries such as Japan was more difficult and slow. .

However, he said there is a need to diversify Taiwan's agricultural sector, as many of its exports go to China.

He said: "This problem can already be grown in the market next year with pineapple."

China said in the case that pineapple imports from Taiwan were stopped because its custom officials repeatedly detected pests from Taiwanese fruits. Ma Shiaoguang, a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, called it a common biosecurity precautionary measure.

Yet China has been accused of using vague and opaque trade policies to punish rivals over the past year. Australian farmers are particularly concerned that their products have been suspended simply because China has been angered by the Australian government's political moves.

Taiwan's President, Ms. Sai, dismissed China's claims that 99.97 percent of the pineapples were approved in the verification process. Even then, China banned its import.

Biosecurity has always been a complex issue, as the prevailing species can cause huge economic losses. However, it has a long history of use as a weapon in commercial disputes.

Deborah Elms of the Asian Trade Center said: "In fact, some concerns about the entry of foreign pests and diseases are justified, which are difficult to save for most native species after their arrival. The sanitary and phytosanny systems.

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