Despite warnings from the Chinese regime, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, arrived in Taiwan, and now the Asian giant is trying to punish Taiwan.
The CCP found a way to “get even” with Taiwan by banning importing more than 100 food products, directly targeting Taiwan’s food industry, agriculture, and fisheries. In addition, products massively used in China are restricted, including brands such as Bakery, Guo Yuanyi Food, Weili Food, Weiquan Food, and Taishan Enterprise.
Although Taiwan exports food to the United States, China and Hong Kong are vital countries for maintaining its economy. The products suspended from import are prepared foods, including meat, seafood and prepared vegetable and fruit products, sugar and confectionery, cocoa and cocoa products, cereals, flour, starch, or food prepared with milk, cakes, and other processed foods.
To enforce the order, the CCP used Regulations of the Administration of the Registration of Foreign Manufacturers of Imported Food and applied it to Taiwanese products that allegedly do not have complete renewal registration in mainland China.
Hong Kong, Macau and even Taiwan were informed through China’s Ministry of Commerce and the State Council’s Taiwan Economic Affairs Office. The decision’s impact will widely affect economic and trade relations in the Taiwan Strait.
The CCP could restrict other products that Taiwan exports, such as electronics, spare parts, machinery, plastics, and chemicals.
Taiwan’s income from its fishing industry is $280 million. From tea exports, the Asian island obtains $31.67 million, and from honey production, its income is $35,000, according to the Council of Agriculture statistics.
Taiwanese businessmen reported that the CCP justified itself with minor errors to suspend imports and, for example, the absence of punctuation marks or lack of description of product batches and sent them supplementary documents.
“I have been importing food to the mainland for more than ten years without any problem, why, did it happen the day before Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan?” said one businessman.
Wang Ting-yu, the Taiwanese ruling party lawmaker, wrote on Twitter “we will not be intimidated by the PRC’s militarization of trade.”
PLA military exercises obstruct trade and activities in Taiwan Strait
Pelosi’s visit so infuriated the CCP that it began a series of intimidating military operations and exercises around Taiwan, affecting the flow of supplies in and out of the Taiwan Strait and its communication with global markets.
“We must support Taiwan,” Pelosi told The Washington Post upon her arrival in Taiwan.
The CCP’s Xinhua News said the military will conduct live-fire drills from August 4-7 in the waters surrounding Taiwan.
U.S. officials said they will increase their movements in the Indo-Pacific region during Pelosi’s visit. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group have been in the Philippine Sea since Monday.
“[If the situation in the Taiwan Strait] gets out of control, it will mean the end of China’s economic recovery, possibly the end of Xi Jinping’s regime and the end of the entire Chinese Communist Party. It will be a real disaster for China, if they launch anything, the aggression has gotten out of control. I hope Beijing can restrain these irresponsible guys, keep quiet, let the U.S. and Taiwan have this diplomatic meeting, let it be peaceful as always,” said Joseph Bosco, former director of China Affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense.
The CCP is trying to sow fear and paralyze the entire region.
Taiwan hit by Chinese regime-directed cyber attacks
The Chinese regime found another means to attack and obstruct Taiwan’s governmental and commercial activities. Taiwan’s government offices were victims of cyber-attacks.
The presidential website and those of several government offices were inaccessible and were replaced by an “ERROR 502” message. Taiwanese officials reported they were the target of a cyber attack from abroad.
Doug Madory, director of Internet Analytics at traffic monitoring group Kentik, said on Aug. 2 that his company tracked three Web sites that received attacks and described them as “effective, even if they didn’t break records.”
John Hultquist, vice president of intelligence analysis at cybersecurity group Mandiant, said the company tracked an increase in Chinese threats against Taiwan. This included two disinformation operations about Pelosi’s visit.
“We anticipate that Chinese actors are also carrying out significant cyber espionage against targets in Taiwan and the U.S. to provide intelligence on the crisis,” Hultquist said.
Pelosi’s visit was welcomed by Taiwan residents who felt strong support from the United States and believe that peace is possible. However, the Chinese regime used the occasion to intimidate Taiwan and boast to the world about its “might.”
An ancient saying of the sage Confucius goes “A loud voice cannot compete with a clear voice, even if the latter is a mere murmur.” Unfortunately, the Chinese regime, stripped of all ancient Chinese wisdom, has forgotten that good always endures.