According to the South China Morning Post, the Chinese regime imposed import bans on certain Taiwanese food right after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the democratic island.

China’s General Administration of Customs announced a ban on imports of Taiwanese citrus fruits, chilled white scallops, and frozen mackerel.

The customs office cited pests detection and positive Covid tests in the shipment for the ban.

It also added natural sand to the list. The latest trade sanctions come after the Chinese regime’s bans on imports of confectionery, biscuits, bread, and aquatic products from Taiwan before Pelosi’s trip.

The ban was effective immediately on Wednesday, August 3, the day Pelosi left the island. 

The move from China is considered retaliation against Taiwan for Pelosi’s visit. However, according to an expert, the ban will not have much effect on Taiwan, mostly symbolic, because those Taiwanese products account for a small percentage of Taiwan’s 765 billion dollars economy.

A fellow from the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research’s international affairs department, Darson Chiu, told the South China Morning Post that, “Processed food is not even in the top 10 items that Taiwan exports to China, so China’s move is currently only symbolic.” 

Taiwan’s economy largely relies on key export products of semiconductors, consumer electronics, machinery, and petrochemicals.

 But the ban might affect many Taiwanese people, prompting anti-Chinese sentiment in the island, which in turn would hit back at China’s economy, some analysts said.

According to SCMP, a China economist, Hong Hao, said, “Taiwanese businesses are a major component of China investors, and Taiwan is part of China.” 

He concludes, “Therefore, to sanction Taiwan is just like moving a stone and dropping it on your own foot, plus it deepens divisions between the two sides.”

Taiwan’s exports to China and Hong Kong hit a record high last year, 188.9 billion dollars, due to high semiconductor demand. And many of these importers are from Chinese smartphone makers.

Zennon Kapron, the Singapore-based director of financial industry research firm Kapronasia, told SCMP, “I think the challenge for mainland China is the fact that it is so heavily reliant on the high-end chips and technology that’s coming out of Taiwan.” 

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