Taiwan To Take China To WTO Over Fruit Import Bans

Taiwan To Take China To WTO Over Fruit Import Bans

Andrew H. Sweet

Regarding the mainland's ban of the two kinds of apples in an apparent attempt to squeeze Taiwan's economy, deputy agriculture minister Chen Junne-jih told reporters that the island would take the matter to the sanitary and phytosanitary committee of the WTO in October if China refuses to negotiate.

Chen said Taiwan has been asking China to provide scientific evidence of discovering pests, adding the government still hopes to solve the issue through negotiations.

The move came after China said it was suspending imports of custard apples and wax apples from Taiwan from Sept. 20, claiming that mealybugs have been found in shipments of those fruits on multiple occasions this year, without providing further details.

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