Taiwan, a country suffers from China’s pressure in every perspectives within the global system, can “food” effect Taiwan’s relationship with China even though Taiwan’s political system still undergoing China’s compression?Even though China does not recognize Taiwan as an independent country but a province that belong to China, they still make business between those two. Food, is part of the business that they trading on.
Start from 311 tsunami in Japan, the food shortage cause people panic that lead to unstable society. Country like Taiwan win political support (not in actual form) from people of japan to the politicians because they support them with food. This act help Taiwan’s political position in Asia under China’s compression, and let worldwide know Taiwan better. The successful example seems to be workable to China as well, however, this is not the case. Due to the preconceived that possess between Taiwan and China, the rescue will not be seen as grateful, not to mention political support. Eventually, Chinese media will frame the rescue as domestic act which decrease the appreciation from people in China. On the business perspective, it is even worse. Most recent years, Exported rice from Taiwan to China has been declined several times. The reason is because the label, “origin” is supposed to be labeled as China Taiwan, instead of Taiwan. Agriculture is an important industry to Taiwan’s economic, especially white rice. The act done by China is no doubt compressing Taiwan’s economic and restrict Taiwan’s development and eventually has to dependent on China.
Food serves as a catalyst between Taiwan and China? Or it is a way China want to limit Taiwan’s economic? China act as Taiwan’s biggest product export country, literally has power over Taiwan not only on food trade but more fields. The problem is, food catalyst does not work and what is Taiwan’s next plan in order to survive?