Friday, August 26, 2005

The China-Taiwan Fruit Fracas

The Asia Times has an excellent overview of the struggle over the fruit trade between Taiwan and China.
Reviewing the list of 18 kinds of fruit that China has opened its market to, Liu Jau-jia said, "It is nonsense from the perspective of marketing." Liu explained that two of Taiwan's top three fruits, bananas and lychees, were not granted tariff-free status, while some fruits that could be easily overproduced, such as oranges, could not even be exported to China. "The six kinds of fruit they announced later [on May 3] are even weirder. They are not even major kinds in Taiwan," Liu said, referring to coconuts, plums, peaches, persimmons, loquats, and prunes.

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