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A hawker selling pineapples in Taipei, Taiwan A hawker selling pineapples in Taipei, Taiwan, Feb. 27, 2021 (Photo by Ceng Shou Yi for NurPhoto via AP Images).

The Latest Flashpoint Between China and Taiwan: Pineapples

, Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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Pineapples are the latest product to land in China’s crosshairs, as its deteriorating relationship with Taiwan spills over into trade. For years, Taiwanese farmers have made handsome profits selling their pineapples to Chinese consumers, expanding their fields each year. Even as cross-strait relations soured, they ignored warnings about their overreliance on the Chinese market. That all came to an end this week, as China abruptly suspended the import of the tropical fruit from Taiwan starting this month, right when the harvest season begins. ...

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