Taiwan threatens to take China to WTO in new spat over fruits



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Taiwan threatens to take China to WTO in new spat over fruits

On Sunday, Taiwan, officially recognized as a Chinese territory, had threatened to take China into WTO (World Trade Organization) over a latest spat on fruit exports, as Beijing said that it would cancel out imports of sugar apple and wax apple from its island territory over pest concerns, remarking a further polarization in relationship between the parties.

In point of fact, latest move from Beijing to suspend imports of fruits from Taiwan, the heavily US-backed democratically ruled territory of China, came forth at a time, when relationships between the sides have been wobbled down to their lowest in decades, as China had reportedly been piling up political and military pressures to make the rebel-state accept its sovereignty after hammering Hong Kong protestors down with similar kind of measures.

Besides, China’s customs administration was quoted saying in a statement that it had frequently detected a form of pest called “Planococcus minor” in custard apples imported from Taiwan, while it also had urged all Guangdong branch and affiliated offices to prevent entrance of the Taiwanese products.

Taiwan threatens to take China into WTO over fruit spat

As a repercussion to latest move from Beijing, Chen Chi-Chung, the council of Agriculture Minister in Taiwan, fuel-power of which is entirely stemming from the democratically-ruled Government’s western allies, said in a statement that China had taken the decision unilaterally without even offering scientific evidences, while Chi-Chung also had slammed Beijing’s invitation for travelling into the mainland during a conventional Mid-Autumn Festival, an event celebrated by both China and Taiwan.

On top of that, the democratically-ruled Chinese state had formally sent a notice to Beijing that it would take the mainland into World Trade Organization over the latest spat on fruits, though it remains to be seen how a crippled WTO could intervene a country’s internal matter, especially when it comes to China whose economy is expected to top the United States by size as early as by 2025.

WTO’s control over global trades had diminished significantly since the onset of Sino-US trade spat.