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  • China bans Taiwanese pineapples

  • In response, everyone is buying *more* pineapples

  • Welcome to China Uncensored, I'm Chris Chappell.

  • Tensions are at an all time high between China and Taiwan.

  • Especially after the Chinese Communist Party took over Hong Kong,

  • and showed the people of Taiwan whatunificationlooks like.

  • The Communist Party has been ramping up military pressure on Taiwan in recent months.

  • And then, out of nowhere, China put a ban on the import of Taiwanese pineapples.

  • The announcement came only a few days before the banvery short notice.

  • Chinese authorities claim it's an emergency issue of biosecurity.

  • This ban was put in place even though

  • All 600-plus batches of pineapples

  • exported to China over the previous four months had been approved.”

  • But China's spokesperson said,

  • Customs of the mainland have in various instances found pests in pineapples imported from Taiwan,

  • which would have posed a serious threat to the mainland's

  • agriculture and ecological security had they not been intercepted.”

  • The temporary ban is a scientific biosecurity measure

  • and is in line with the mainland's laws, regulations and standards.”

  • And no country has higher standards for food safety than China.

  • The problem is, mainland China makes up 90% of Taiwan's pineapple export market.

  • It's worth around 50 million US dollars a year.

  • So the sudden ban was a huge blow to Taiwan's pineapple farmers.

  • So how did Taiwanese people respond?

  • By going bananas for pineapples!

  • They bought up the entire year's worth of pineapple exports in just four days.

  • People began posting photos online of huge pineapple buys.

  • Cooking shows have started featuring creative pineapple dishes.

  • Also, bakeries.

  • And noodle shops.

  • And burger joints.

  • And ooh, pineapple shrimp pad thai.

  • You know what they say,

  • "A pineapple a day keeps the doctor away!"

  • As long as you don't poke yourself in the eye.

  • That's, um, never happened to me.

  • This photo caption saysToday's work buddy, the Taiwanese Pineapple!”

  • And unlike most of my friends, my pineapple buddy won't abandon me.

  • Where was I? Oh right.

  • "Support Taiwan, Buy Pineapples."

  • I mean, who wouldn't want to buy pineapples?

  • So pineapples have become all the rage in Taiwan.

  • Overseas, too.

  • Japan ordered 6,000 tonsand that wasn't enough.

  • This is a Japanese supermarket.

  • All the Taiwanese pineapples are sold out.

  • I guess no one wants to buy Dole.

  • Taiwan's representative in the US is promoting Taiwan's pineapples, too.

  • And the American Institute in Taiwan,

  • which is the de facto US embassy there,

  • shared a photo of director Brent Christensen

  • with creative pineapple decor around the office.

  • The caption says, “Have you pineappled today?”

  • You know it's a hot trend when people start using it as a verb.

  • Don't believe me? Just Google it.

  • And the de facto Canadian embassy, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei,

  • Separately shared a photo of themselves enjoying pineapple pizza.

  • To which I have to say: Pineapple on pizza?!

  • Not cool, Canada.

  • Way to ruin it. Like you ruin everything.

  • Anyway, the Chinese Communist Party's efforts to punish Taiwan backfired.

  • People inside and outside Taiwan banded together.

  • And now pineapples have become a symbol for standing up to the Chinese Communist Party.

  • A sweet ending.

  • This Taiwan pineapple buying spree is a bit like what happened last year with Australian wine.

  • After the Australian government called for an independent investigation into the origin of the coronavirus,

  • The Chinese regime blocked or pu tariffs on a wide range of Australian imports to China.

  • That included a 200% tariff on wine.

  • Chinese state-run media called it not a punishment, but simply an anti-dumping measure.

  • Also, the Australian government had bettergrow up or face more pain.”

  • Yeah, totally not political.

  • In response, there was a global call to buy Australian wine.

  • Politicians encouraged people to buy Aussie wine.

  • And even the White House featured Australian wine at a holiday reception.

  • Andreas Fulda, an International Affairs Expert,

  • And author of a book about democracy in China, said.

  • The danger of this [to China] i

  • You can't simultaneously say Chi a peaceful country that never picks fights with people,

  • And then simultaneously say.

  • If Australia doesn't change its political system, legal system, foreign policy, education system and everything else,

  • We'll never normalize relations.

  • I think this wolf warrior diplomacy is inherently self-defeating."

  • And yes, he bought some Australian wine, too.

  • The Chinese Communist Party's attempts at coercion may work on people in China who are too terrified to respond.

  • But outside China, people stand up and fight back.

  • And the rest of the world gets to enjoy more delicious pineapple.

  • Can the Communist Party ban Taiwanese bubble tea next?

  • I could really use some more bubble tea.

  • And you can even put it on a pizza. Canada.

  • And now it's time for me to answer a question from you, a viewer who supports China Uncensored on Patreon.

  • John Shultz says:

  • Good question, John. You're right.

  • Whenever a zoo anywhere in the world gets Chinese pandas,

  • The deal is that the pandas still belong to the Chinese government.

  • Zoos have toshell out up to $1 million a year to rent just one.”

  • AndIf any baby cubs are born, they pay an additional $400,000 baby tax.”

  • And those baby pandas belong to the Chinese government, so they have to bereturnedto China at some point.

  • Now your suggestion is:

  • The US and other countries could just hold onto the pandas as

  • Remuneration for intellectual property theft, and other things the Chinese Communist Party owes.

  • That's a great idea in principle.

  • There's just one problem.

  • If we did that, we'd have to KEEP THE STUPID PANDAS!

  • Thanks for your question, John.

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  • Once again, I'm Chris Chappell. Thanks for watching China Uncensored.

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