Salt Lake, USA.- A day after the arrival of the president of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, in Taiwan, China began to retaliate against the island that it considers part of its territory.
The Taiwanese Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that 27 Chinese People’s Liberation Army military planes entered its air defense zone on August 3.
The day before, another two dozen fighters had made similar runs, without entering Taiwan airspace, only to return later. Beijing often makes such moves as a warning sign against the autonomous island.
Pelosi left the island on Wednesday after meeting with Taiwanese authorities and continued her tour of Asia.
Meanwhile, China has blocked imports of citrus and fish from Taiwan in retaliation for Nancy Pelosi’s visit, but has avoided upsetting one of the world’s most important technology and manufacturing relationships.
The continent and the island, divided since 1949 as a result of a civil war, do not have official relations, but they do maintain multimillion-dollar commercial ties, especially in the provision of chips for the Chinese factories that assemble cell phones and other electronic devices that it uses. the world.
They built that business during the decades when Beijing threatened to impose Communist Party rule by attacking the autonomous island.
Bilateral trade rose 26 percent last year to $328.3 billion. Taiwan, which makes half the world’s chips and has technologies the mainland cannot match, said sales to Chinese factories rose 24.4 percent to $104.3 billion.
Commercial and military retaliation
On Wednesday, Beijing blocked imports of citrus and frozen sablefish and mackerel from Taiwan after a visit to Pelosi’s island. China has not cut off the flow of chips and other industrial components, a move whose shock waves would have disrupted the fragile global economy.
Also, this week China blocked the import of other foods from Taiwan such as biscuits and seafood, although the deadlines were not clear. The customs website showed that the importation of those products was “suspended”.
Fruit, fish and other foods make up a small part of Taiwan’s exports to China, but the move hurts sectors seen as supporters of President Tsai Ing-wen.
Beijing has used the blockade on imports of bananas, wine, coal and other goods as leverage in disputes with Australia, the Philippines and other states.
Beijing also announced four days of military operations with artillery fire in the waters around Taiwan, which could delay or disrupt shipping from the island, one of the world’s largest traders.
The possible upheaval underscores fears for weakening global growth, but Asian stocks opened higher on Wednesday with no immediate signs of Chinese military moves.
The Communist Party says Pelosi’s visit could embolden Taiwan to declare its decades-old de facto independence permanent. According to China, that would provoke a war.