Taipei: The embassies of the United States and Canada in Taiwan on Tuesday praised the quality of the pineapples grown on the island, which depicted pictures of its top diplomats in Taipei with fruit after the import ban by China.
China last week stopped importing Taiwanese pineapples, citing “harmful creatures” that it said could come with the fruit.
The Taiwan authorities sparked outrage and described the ban as a political move to further pressure the island, a charge denied by China.
While neither the United States nor Canada, like most countries, have formal diplomatic relations with the island claimed by China, they both have their own disputes with Beijing over human rights, trade and other issues.
While Taiwan is known internationally for its thriving technology companies, the subtropical island has a thriving fruit industry. Last year, more than 90% of its pineapple exports went to China.
Referring to a tweet from Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu to people around the world of “the gathering behind #FreedomPineapple”, the Canadian Trade Bureau, on Taipei’s Facebook, used the same hashtag on a photo of its boss, Jordan Reeves, standing with his colleagues. About pineapple pizza.
“We in the Canadian office love pineapple pizza, especially pineapple from Taiwan!” She wrote, adding that the idea of putting pineapple on pizza was invented by a Canadian in 1962.
The American Institute in Taiwan, under the hashtags #realfriendsrealprogress and #pineapplesolidarity, posted photos on Facebook of pineapples at their Taipei headquarters, including their director Brent Christensen with three at his desk.
Did you buy your pineapple? Have! ” Wrote.
Meanwhile, local politicians have posted pictures of themselves in the fields with farmers and studying fruit on their social media pages, encouraging domestic consumers as well as other countries to endure the slump left by China.