Recently Taiwanese Foreign Minister, Joseph Wu, launched a ‘Freedom Pineapple campaign‘ on Twitter in order to condemn the politically-driven ban on the import of pineapples from Taiwan by the People’s Republic of China. The Taiwanese pineapples have also become a political symbol in the region following the ban.
It is a political and social response against the Chinese ban on import of pineapples from Taiwan (the Republic of China). The Chinese government or Chinese Communist Party has banned the import of Pineapples from Taiwan just before the season for pineapple was started in this year. The Chinese Communist Party has banned the import stating that the imports done in the previous instances had been contaminated with pests. However, this was denied by experts, producers, and the Taiwan government. The movement’s name is inspired from a “Play on Freedom Fries” which is named as the “Freedom pineapples”.
After facing the ban on import of pineapples, the government of Taiwan had asked its citizens and other diplomatic allies to increase their consumption of “Freedom Pineapples”. The government of Taiwan has also promised to provide financial assistance to any farmers who will undergo losses because of the ban. Taiwanese President, Tsai Ing-wen, has also launched a social media campaign named “Eat Taiwan’s pineapples until you burst,”. This campaign was launched to encourage its citizens to increase their consumption of local pineapples. The Restaurants in Taiwan also incorporated pineapple into their dishes.
How Taiwanese farmers responded?
The farmers have started diverting the non-pineapple exports from China to other markets because of they are concerned that their product could be banned next.
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