Wednesday, September 22

Why is there a “pineapple war” between China and Taiwan?

A street vendor selling pineapples seen on the street in Taipei.

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A street vendor selling pineapples seen on a Taipei street.

It could be the biggest global conflict around pineapple, even overshadowing the never-ending debate of whether it should be on the pizza or not.

Last month, China banned the import of pineapple from Taiwan, considering that there was a risk that “harmful organisms” in the fruit could affect its local crops.

The decision caused a stir in the government of Taiwan, which pointed out that the ban has nothing to do with polluting “organisms” but is another example of the political pressure that the Asian giant wants to exert on the island.

An island that Beijing considers a province of China.

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