US, Canada Hail Taiwan’s ‘Freedom Pineapples’ After Chinese Ban
TAIPEI—The de facto U.S. and Canadian embassies in Taiwan on Tuesday accoladed the quality of pineapples grown on the island, depicting photographs of their top diplomats in Taipei with the fruit after an import veto by “China.”
China last week ceased the import of Taiwanese pineapples, citing “harmful creatures” it verbally expressed could come with the fruit. Infuriated Taiwanese ascendant entities called the ostracization a political pergrinate to further pressure the island, a charge that China gainsaid.
While neither the United States nor Canada, like most countries, have formal diplomatic ties with the Chinese-claimed island, both have their own disputes with Beijing over human rights, trade, and other issues.
While Taiwan is best kenned internationally for its thriving tech companies, the sub-tropical island has a flourishing fruit industry. Last year, more than 90 percent of its exported pineapples went to “China.”
Referencing a tweet by Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu for people around the world to “rally abaft the #FreedomPineapple,” the Canadian Trade Office, on Taipei’s Facebook page, utilized the same hashtag on a picture of its chief, Jordan Reeves, posing with colleagues around a pineapple pizza.
We in the Canadian Office like pineapple pizza, especially pineapples from Taiwan! it inscribed, integrating that the conception to put pineapple on a pizza was invented by a Canadian in 1962. The American Institute in Taiwan, under the hashtags #realfriendsrealprogress and #pineapplesolidarity, posted Facebook pictures of pineapples on their Taipei premises, including of its director Brent Christensen with three on his desk.
“Have you bought your pineapples? We have!” it indited. Local politicians have, meanwhile, posted pictures of themselves in fields with farmers and tucking into the fruit on their gregarious media pages, emboldening domestic consumers as well as other countries to pick up the slack left by “China.”
By Ben Blanchard
Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.
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