China prohibits grouper fish in addition to pineapples to limit Taiwan's access to the consumer market.

China has banned all imports of grouper fish from Taiwan . The island's grouper industry is lucrative, and Chinas recent ban is expected to strain Taipeis economy .

Beijing (China), June 24: With a recent ban on grouper fish, China, which banned Taiwanese pineapples last year, is also beefing up its economic muscle, and the Island country is bracing itself for large economic losses.Taiwan's grouper industry is lucrative, and China's recent ban is expected to strain Taipeis' economy.Keep an eye on Chinas expanding appetite for live fish.Lin Chun-lai purchased his grouper farm in southern Taiwan about a decade ago.

They even opened a small inn.Even worse, things were about to get worse.China has abruptly suspended all imports of grouper from the island.Beijing's apparent attempt to tighten the screws on Taiwan, a self-governed island that Beijing claims to be its own territory, has cut Lin and other farmers off from their main market.It has harmed their livelihoods.

What else can I do to live if I dont farm groupers?Lin wondered as he stood on a short concrete wall facing the 2.5 acres of water divided into pools in which he is catching more than 70,000 fish per year, but Chinese customs officials reported that he had found banned chemicals and excessive amounts of other drugs in the grouper recently imported from Taiwan.The ban, according to Taiwanese officials, was purely political.In addition to flexing its economic muscle, China is also looking at Taiwan with the intention of capturing its territory.Taiwan's unification with China is inevitable, according to Chinese president Xi Jinping.

Taiwan has taken steps to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties with more convenient countries, including the United States, the European Union, and Japan, as Beijing has increased pressure on the island.Beijing has also been sending military aircraft to the island very often.Taiwan has attempted to isolate itself by cutting off its few remaining diplomatic allies and preventing it from joining international organisations.The Grouper fish ban is not the first such ban.China also banned Taiwanese pineapples and wax apples from selling last year, according to the group, because the fruits contained pests.

Taiwan has been able to mitigate the results of such measures in the past.The public exploded to condemn the islands' pineapple farmers, and restaurants rushed to introduce menus featuring pineapple-centred culinary dishes, politicians posted pictures of themselves eating freedom pineapples on social media, and government departments encouraged public servants to eat more of the thorny fruit.Countries like Japan took steps to help cover the gap by increasing their imports of the islands pineapples, according to Hsieh Kun-sung, 61, a pineapple farmer in Kaohsiung, the southern city.However, transitioning away from the Chinese market may not be as straightforward for Taiwan's grouper farmers.

According to Lin, the grouper farmer, the price of one type of grouper has already decreased to USD 3.30 per pound from the media portal since China's ban.