China seeks political harvest in Taiwan’s orchards – Richard Dobson

From Reuters, via the Washington Post:

Toiling in the tropical summer heat, Chen Yan-hai has made a living for the past 40 years by plucking red and yellow mangoes from the orchard-dotted foothills of Taiwan’s central mountain range.

But he and other farmers in the mango capital of Yuching in Tainan County have seen their profits dwindle over the years due to overplanting and a saturated domestic fruit market.

That may change this month as China opens its doors wide to Taiwan produce, axing import tariffs on 15 fruits from August 1 to curry favor with farmers in the island’s South, many of whom are staunch supporters of pro-independence President Chen Shui-bian.

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