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Taiwan threatens to take China to WTO in new spat over fruit

TAIPEI/BEIJING: Taiwan threatened to take China to the World Commerce Group (WTO) on Sunday (Sep 19) after Beijing stated it could droop sugar apple and wax apple imports from the island on pest issues, within the newest spat between the 2 over fruit.

Relations between Taipei and Beijing, which claims democratically dominated Taiwan as its personal territory, are at their lowest in many years, with China rising political and navy strain to get the island to simply accept its sovereignty.

China’s customs administration stated it had repeatedly detected pests known as “Planococcus minor” in sugar apples, also called sweetsops or custard apples, and wax apples from Taiwan. It requested its Guangdong department and all straight affiliated workplaces to cease customs clearance of these merchandise from Monday.

Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung stated China had behaved unilaterally with out offering scientific proof, and criticised the announcement for coming through the conventional Mid-Autumn Competition, celebrated by Taiwan and China.

“We can not settle for this,” Chen instructed reporters in Taipei concerning the resolution, which he stated his workplace had solely acquired at 9am on Sunday.

Taiwan has instructed China it’s going to take the nation to the WTO beneath the physique’s dispute decision mechanism if Beijing doesn’t reply to Taipei’s request to resolve the difficulty beneath their current bilateral framework earlier than Sep 30, he added.

Taiwan International Minister Joseph Wu tweeted that, following its navy threats, China was now “weaponising commerce” and the transfer ought to solid doubt over its application last week to affix the Complete and Progressive Settlement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free commerce group.

“China needs to affix the high-standard CPTPP? Is that this a joke?” Wu stated.

Sugar apples and wax apples are Taiwan specialities, though most are consumed domestically. The island can be identified for its mangoes.

That is the second time this 12 months China has stopped fruit imports from Taiwan.

In February, China banned imports of pineapples from Taiwan, citing “dangerous creatures” that would include the fruit. Taiwan had stated there was nothing improper with the pineapples and accused Beijing of enjoying politics.


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