The move would come in response to a planned visit to the island by Nancy Pelosi
China has suspended imports of a number of Taiwanese food products, media reported Tuesday. According to the island’s Central News Agency, the moves are interpreted as a response to a likely visit to Taipei by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Chinese government considers Taiwan to be part of its sovereign territory and has warned against “serious consequences” if Pelosi’s trip to the island continues.
The blacklist would include companies producing tea, dried fruit, honey, cocoa beans and vegetables. Products from some 700 fishing vessels also fell under the ban. Shipments from more than 100 Taiwanese food exporters have been banned, according to Bloomberg.
Last year, China banned imports of pineapples, wax apples and sugar apples from Taiwan. Most of the fruit produced in the territory is consumed on the domestic market, but most of the exports are destined for China.
According to Taiwanese media quoted by Bloomberg, the dispute stems from outdated information on import documents, and the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration is currently trying to better understand the issue.
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