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China 'punishes' Taiwan over Nancy Pelosi visit, stops import of fruit, fish

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 04 Aug 2022, 12:49 am

Beijing/IBNS: As an attempt to punish Taiwan in the wake of a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, China rolled out curbs Wednesday on the import of fruit and fish from the island nation while halting shipments of sand as well.

China's Customs Administration said it would suspend some citrus fruits and fish imports from Taiwan over alleged "repeated" detection of excessive pesticide residue and positive Covid tests on packages.

This was reportedly triggered owing to the 19-hour trip by Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. She is the first the highest-profile elected US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years.

Pelosi landed in Taiwan on Tuesday amid a face-off with China over her visit. 

Beijing, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory, had earlier promised "grave consequences" over her visit.

Earlier in the day, China suspended the export of natural sand to the Taiwan region, the country's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said.

The move is in accordance with the Chinese mainland's relevant laws and regulations, said a MOC spokesperson on Wednesday.

China had called the visit by US Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan as "extremely dangerous".

It accused Pelosi, who happens to be the most senior US politician in 25 years to visit the island China claims as its own, of "playing with fire" and warned that "Those who play with fire will perish by it".

However, in reply to the Chinese statement, US national security spokesperson John Kirby said there was "no reason for this visit to become a spurring event for a crisis or conflict".

He reiterated that the trip was consistent with the US's long-standing policy towards China and did not violate the country's sovereignty.

As her plane touched down, Chinese state media reported that its military jets were crossing the Taiwan strait. Taiwan denied those reports at the time - but later said that more than 20 Chinese military planes had entered its air defence zone on Tuesday.

China - which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province which will one day unite with it - has previously warned that its armed forces "will not stand idly by".