Since August 3, the Chinese authorities have suspended the supply of sand to Taiwan and the import of citrus fruits China, against the backdrop of Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, has temporarily banned the supply of natural sand to the island and the import of citrus fruits and some fish products from there
China has suspended exports of natural sand to Taiwan since August 3, according to the country's Ministry of Commerce. The measure was introduced “in accordance with existing laws and regulations.”
Sand is used to make glass, in the production of concrete, in the construction of roads and infrastructure.
However, Beijing temporarily stopped imports from the island of citrus fruits and two types of fish products, including frozen mackerel, Reuters reports citing Chinese customs.
The authorities also banned companies in mainland China from cooperating with the two organizations— The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and the Taiwan Foundation for International Cooperation and Development, said Ma Xiaoguang, a spokeswoman for the Chinese State Council's Office of Taiwan Affairs.
The Chinese authorities announced the measures following a visit to the island by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who has become the highest-ranking US official who have visited Taiwan for 25 years.
Beijing condemned the visit and called it a violation of the “one China” principle (assumes the inclusion of Taiwan, which declared its independence from the PRC in 1949, into China), national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country; the US ambassador was summoned to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Vice Minister Xie Feng accused Pelosi of challenging the world and intentionally provoking.
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Even before the arrival of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, China's General Administration of Customs had suspended imports of more than 3,000 goods from more than 100 food companies in Taiwan to mainland China. According to the department, these enterprises violated the rules of customs clearance.
The US White House insists that Pelosi's visit does not contradict the “One China” principle. According to White House National Security Council (NSC) strategic communications coordinator John Kirby, Washington expects Beijing to be able to retaliate and is ready to respond to them, but does not intend to create a crisis situation and does not seek conflict with China: “We do not intend to “sabre-rattling.”
Amid Pelosi's visit, the United States and China began to increase their military presence near Taiwan. Washington sent aircraft carriers and landing ships there, Beijing also sent aircraft carriers to the sea and announced exercises in the South China Sea.