China ramps up trade sanctions on Taiwan in wake of Nancy Pelosi’s visit, bans sand exports, fruit and fish imports


Mainland China expanded its trade suspensions on Taiwan to include natural sand and additional agriculture products in the latest retaliation to the highly controversial visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the self-ruled island.

China’s Ministry of Commerce suspended natural sand exports to Taiwan, effective from Wednesday, hours after Pelosi landed on Tuesday night.

The General Administration of Customs also suspended imports of citrus fruits, chilled white scallops and frozen mackerel from Taiwan. It cited the detection of pests in fruit shipments and positive coronavirus tests in the cold supply chain as the reasons when confirming the bans on Wednesday.

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