TAIPEI (Taiwan Information) — China’s Taiwan Affairs Workplace Spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光) on Wednesday (June 15) defended the choice to halt aquatic imports from a Taiwanese enterprise in an escalated spat between the 2 international locations over agricultural commerce.
China’s customs administration on June 10 introduced a one-week ban on aquatic items from a Keelung-based firm, citing the detection of COVID-19 virus on a cargo of largehead hairtail, or beltfish.
On the identical day, China stated it could droop grouper fish imports from Taiwan beginning Monday (June 13) over banned chemical substances, a transfer which Taipei stated violated worldwide practices and was politically motivated. The transfer follows a collection of bans final 12 months on Taiwanese agricultural produce over pest concern claims, together with pineapples, sugar apples, and wax apples.
Ma stated at an everyday briefing that chilly chain items from Taiwan and the packaging supplies might be subjected to stricter inspection for COVID. He didn’t present particulars on the forms of seafood discovered to have examined optimistic for the virus, per Liberty Instances.
Legislator Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Get together lashed out at Beijing for intentionally discovering fault with Taiwan’s exports. Whereas the world is rising from COVID-induced lockdowns, solely China is on the lookout for bother by concentrating on Taiwan’s exports, he stated.
Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture has requested China to provide proof backing the allegation, as the corporate in query, Peitu Frozen Meals Company, stated an investigation is underway for the supply of the alleged product contamination, per UDN.
It’s not the primary time Beijing has pointed to imports as COVID carriers. In 2020, it steered the virus was found on slicing boards dealing with salmon at a Beijing market, which sparked public fears and resulted in canceled orders for Norwegian salmon. Final 12 months it withheld 1,000 containers of Indian shrimp in a row over COVID-19 traces it claimed to have been discovered on seafood packaging from the nation.