China’s ban on Taiwanese pineapples sours sentiment towards Beijing



Lawrence Chung | SCMP

Authorities in Taiwan are urging the public to buy pineapples and support growers as a ban on imports into mainland China takes effect. Beijing announced the ban on Taiwan’s pineapples on Friday, citing the discovery of pests on the Taiwanese imports “on multiple occasions” since last year.

The surprise announcement, which took effect on Monday, has fuelled public resentment on the island. Relations with the mainland have soured since Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party was elected the island’s president in 2016 and refused to accept the one-China principle.

To counter the ban, the public and private sectors have been promoting sales of the fruit for local consumption.

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