China suddenly bans pineapples from Taiwan but India comes to the rescue!

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Last Friday (Feb. 26), Beijing announced it would ban all imports of Taiwan pineapples, alleging that “harmful organisms” had been found in the fruit. Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) chastised China for its “unilateral decision,” which he deemed “unacceptable.”

Last Friday (Feb. 26), Beijing announced it would ban all imports of Taiwan pineapples, alleging that “harmful organisms” had been found in the fruit. Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) chastised China for its “unilateral decision,” which he deemed “unacceptable.”

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Japan orders record 6,000 tons of Taiwan pineapples

Japanese buy Taiwan pineapples to show gratitude for help with 2011 quake

By Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2021/03/04 17:58

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In response to China’s ban on imports of Taiwan-grown pineapples, Taiwan has found a welcome market for the tropical fruits in Japan, which has already pre-ordered over 6,000 metric tons, shattering previous records.

During an interview on the radio station Super FM98.5, Council of Agriculture minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) on Thursday (March 4) said that Japan has pre-ordered over 5,000 tons of Taiwan-grown pineapples, In addition, a Japanese multinational distributor has placed a pre-order for 1,200 tons, bringing the total to 6,200 tons, which Chen said set a new record for pineapple exports to Japan.

Wu Ching-lu (吳清綠), honorary chairman of the Taiwan Vegetables and Fruits Exporters Association (TVFEA), was cited by Liberty Times as saying that Japan currently imports about 15 percent of the pineapples it consumes, or about 157,000 tons. Wu said that this is a market worth developing, but competition from the Philippines is a challenge as the majority of its pineapple imports come from the archipelagic country.

He said that Taiwan had struggled to secure large orders in the past because of an unstable supply, which affected the willingness of Japanese buyers to commit to large purchases. Wu recommended that Taiwan “strike while the iron is hot” and set up a special fruit export zone with Japan.

The honorary chairman suggested that farmers and trading companies could be integrated into the trading area and the government could help promote it. Wu said that if Taiwan can secure 20 percent of Japan’s pineapple market, it would completely compensate for the lost business from China.

On March 3, the Fuji News Network (FNN) ran a story with the headline, “Let’s Eat Taiwan Pineapples,” which featured an interview with Japanese journalist Kadota Ryusho. In response to the Chinese ban on Taiwan pineapples, Kadota urged Japanese not to forget Taiwan’s assistance provided after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and to support Taiwan by buying more pineapples.

Japanese netizens also spoke out in support of Taiwan pineapples with comments such as: “The CCP’s ban on Taiwan pineapples just proves that Taiwan pineapples are of good quality. If the CCP doesn’t buy them, we Japanese will buy them. I bought some immediately and am eating them.”

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4142161

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Nicola Smith
Thu, March 4, 2021, 8:13 PM

Taiwan’s public has bought up a year’s worth of pineapple exports in just four days – not as part of a new health craze but as a snub to its neighbour China.

Beijing last week abruptly banned the import of Taiwanese pineapples, saying the juicy tropical fruit carried “harmful creatures” that could have infected the crop.

Most of Taiwan’s pineapples are already consumed domestically, but of those exported, 90 per cent of them were sold to China last year.

Taipei believes the move is the latest in a series of coercive policies aimed at damaging the island’s economy. The Chinese Communist Party claims Taiwan, a democratic island of 23 million, as its own territory even though it has never ruled there.

Nicola SmithThu, March 4, 2021, 8:13 PM·3 min read

Pineapples on display at a grocery store in Taipei - RITCHIE B TONGO/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock 
Pineapples on display at a grocery store in Taipei – RITCHIE B TONGO/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Taiwan’s public has bought up a year’s worth of pineapple exports in just four days – not as part of a new health craze but as a snub to its neighbour China.

Beijing last week abruptly banned the import of Taiwanese pineapples, saying the juicy tropical fruit carried “harmful creatures” that could have infected the crop.

Most of Taiwan’s pineapples are already consumed domestically, but of those exported, 90 per cent of them were sold to China last year.- ADVERTISEMENT -https://s.yimg.com/rq/darla/4-6-0/html/r-sf-flx.html

Taipei believes the move is the latest in a series of coercive policies aimed at damaging the island’s economy. The Chinese Communist Party claims Taiwan, a democratic island of 23 million, as its own territory even though it has never ruled there.

Taiwan’s government says its fruit meets the highest international standards and that the curbs fly “in the face of rules-based, free and fair trade.”

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