WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 21: U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) listens during a news conference April 21, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Congressional Democrats held a news conference to call for a raise in the federal minimum wage. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Irked by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, China on Wednesday halted trade with Taiwan and said it is suspending imports of citrus fruits and fish products from Taipei.
Taking to Twitter, Li Bijian, China’s Consul General in Karachi said, “Chinese mainland suspends imports of citrus fruits, chilled white hairtail and frozen horse mackerel from Taiwan region from Wednesday: General Administration of Customs.” China’s General Administration of Customs said in a statement that they will suspend two types of fish products from the Taiwan region starting Wednesday, Xinhua reported.
The entry of citrus fruits, including grapefruits, lemons, and oranges, as well as chilled large head hairtail and frozen horse mackerel from Taiwan, will be suspended in accordance with the mainland’s relevant regulations, the GAC said in an online statement Wednesday.
According to Xinhua, since last year, the Chinese authorities have suspended products from Taiwan. China has repeatedly said that it detected Planococcus minor, as well as excessive residues of fenthion and dimethoate in citrus fruits imported from Taiwan.
In June this year, packages of chilled large head hairtail and frozen horse mackerel from Taiwan tested positive for COVID-19, it noted. The decisions were made to prevent risks, the GAC said.
Beijing maintained that Pelosi’s visit is a serious violation of the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-US joint communique. It said the visit gravely undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and sends a seriously wrong signal to the “separatist forces for Taiwan independence”.
Shortly after Pelosi landed in Taipei on Tuesday, she reaffirmed her country’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s democracy and said this trip in no way contradicts longstanding United States policy on the self-governed island.
Irked by the United States’ move, China announced economic sanctions and import bans on several Taiwanese companies producing pastries, baked goods and sweets.
On Tuesday, China temporarily halted imports of products from multiple Taiwanese food companies, Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) confirmed, Focus Taiwan reported.
The COA confirmed that the blacklisted companies include producers of tea leaves, dried fruits, honey, cocoa beans, and vegetables, as well as catches from around 700 fishing vessels, the agency said.
Data from China’s General Administration of Customs, however, suggests that multiple Taiwanese companies whose registration status is up to date have also been affected by the ban.
On its website, the customs administration lists a total of 107 registered Taiwanese brands under the category “crackers, pastries and noodles,” of which 35 companies are currently labelled “imports temporarily suspended,” despite having up-to-date registration, Focus Taiwan reported.
Such a visit is apparently very much dangerous and very much provocative. If the US insist on making a visit, China will take firm and strong measures to safeguard our national sovereignty, it said.