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Bloomberg learns about China tightening labeling rules for Taiwan

According to the agency, the rules for labeling Taiwanese imports banning the spelling “Republic of China” were first announced in 2015, but were not strictly enforced prior to Pelosi's visit.

Chinese authorities plan to tighten labeling rules for Taiwanese products in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Products labeled as “made in « Republic of China” (this is how Taiwan officially calls itself— RBC) will not be allowed into the mainland Chinese market, agency sources said. One interlocutor explained that China's labeling rules for Taiwanese imports were first announced in 2015, but were not strictly enforced until Pelosi's visit.

Bloomberg explains that if the labeling rules on goods are not followed, PRC customs has the right to confiscate such products.

A spokesman for the Taiwan Ministry of Economy told the agency that there has indeed been an increase in complaints from Taiwanese companies over the past week due to labeling problems when trying to import products into the PRC, but there have been no cases of confiscation so far.

Tensions between China and Taiwan have risen since the recent visit of a US delegation led by Pelosi to the island. Leaving the plane, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives stated that the main goal of the American delegation— support for “bright and dynamic” democracy in Taiwan.

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In response to the unannounced visit, China has launched large-scale military exercises off Taiwan. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called Pelosi's visit a “blatant deliberate provocation”, which was pre-planned by the American side.

In addition, Beijing promised to impose sanctions against Pelosi and her relatives, and also suspended cooperation with the United States on issues repatriation of illegal immigrants, in criminal legal assistance, on the fight against transnational crime, cooperation in the field of drug control.

Taiwan (Republic of China)— partially recognized state 100 km from the coast of China. The territory declared its secession in 1949, but China considers it a province. The United States does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but a law passed in 1979 allows Washington to supply weapons there.

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