On Wednesday, China imposed economic sanctions on Taiwan, in response to the visit to the island of Nancy Pelosi, the US House speaker.
Beijing suspended imports of fruit and fish products from Taiwan and halt exports of natural sand to the island, noting that the suspension was due to pesticide residue found on citrus fruit, while traces of the novel Coronavirus were detected on the packaging of some frozen fish products.
On its part, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said that as from Wednesday, the country would suspend exports of natural sand to Taiwan, without giving an explanation, according to AFP.
It is noteworthy that natural sand is widely used for construction and concrete, and Taiwan relies on China in exporting it.
Taiwan Council of Agriculture mentioned on Tuesday that China invoked regulatory violations for suspending imports of different products from the island, such as honey, tea, and fish products.
China is the biggest trade partner to Taiwan, as the commercial exchange raised by 26% in 2021 to reach $328 billion.
Last Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi arrived at Taipei Songshan Airport; the first trip to the island by the US House speaker since 1997.
Her unannounced visit to the island attracted fierce criticism from Beijing and prompted Beijing to summon the US ambassador.
In response to Pelosi’s visit to the island, China launched military drills near Taiwan.