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PH-China Banana War
« on: October 06, 2016, 10:39:11 PM »
China has used bananas as a weapon against the Philippines

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Chinese not buying PH bananas
The Philippine Star

Posted at May 25 2012 07:44 AM | Updated as of May 25 2012 09:57 PM

http://news.abs-cbn.com/business/05/24/12/chinese-not-buying-ph-bananas

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Chinese are not buying bananas from the Philippines, although China has allowed their entry, banana exporters said yesterday.

Stephen Antig, Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) executive director, told The STAR nobody in China is buying Philippine bananas that the Chinese government has allowed to be imported.

“Malacañang is saying it (China) is open, but nobody is buying,” he said. “The Chinese buyers are still not buying Philippine bananas. It is different when they say it is open, but the buyers are not buying.”

Antig said if no orders for bananas are made, the shipment shall be returned to the Philippines.

“It is not because the newspapers say China has already opened up and it is already all right to send bananas,” he said.

Antig said China is poised to send back about 100 container vans of Philippine bananas.

“And what we understand is that there are 240 container vans that are already on their way back to the Philippines,” he said. “These were the bananas that were left in the different ports in China and were not bought by their importers.”

Antig said the PBGEA is closely coordinating with the Bureau of Customs as to the arrival of the banana shipment that China has returned.

The banana industry players are on a “wait and see” stance, especially with the result of the trip of the special team of the Department of Agriculture that Bureau of Plant Industry Director Clarito Barron has led to talk with China.

Antig said the Chinese ban has affected more than 35,000 small banana growers.

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The industry has reportedly already incurred losses amounting to more than P2 billion since China stopped buying Philippine Cavendish bananas last March.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said China has allowed the entry of at least 170 container vans of Philippine bananas.

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On the other hand, President Aquino said yesterday the Philippines was working to resolve with China the issue over Panatag Shoal. Speaking at the National Career Advocacy Congress in Manila, Aquino said only five percent of the country’s tourism would be affected if some tour packages were cancelled and that the Philippines could explore other markets.

“All of you who are here, you are proof that, we are no longer going to talk right?” he said. “We will just work. Our effort has results and the results will be beneficial to Filipinos.”

Valte said the government did not receive official notice about the suspension or cancellation of tour packages.

“We will try to get figures from the DOT (Department of Tourism) on the number of arrivals since the standoff at Bajo de Masinloc (Panatag Shoal),” she said.

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Re: PH-China Banana War
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2016, 10:41:37 PM »
Palace downplays banana destruction
By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 29, 2016 - 12:00am

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/03/29/1567201/palace-downplays-banana-destruction

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang yesterday downplayed concerns over the destruction of 35 metric tons of bananas the Philippines exported to China, saying it would not affect bilateral trade relations in the face of territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said “the quantity is too small in terms of the overall Philippines-China trade relations.”

“The reported quantity is equivalent to only two containers or around 2,700 boxes with value estimated at P1.4 million only,” Coloma explained, quoting Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. whom the Palace consulted.

Reports said that customs officials at the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen destroyed the bananas imported from the Philippines after these were found to have an excessive amount of pesticide.

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Re: PH-China Banana War
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2016, 10:42:26 PM »
In Philippines, banana growers feel effect of South China Sea dispute
By Andrew Higgins June 10, 2012

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/in-philippines-banana-growers-feel-effect-of-south-china-sea-dispute/2012/06/10/gJQA47WVTV_story.html

PANABO, Philippines — Dazzled by the opportunities offered by China’s vast and increasingly prosperous populace, Renante Flores Bangoy, the owner of a small banana plantation here in the southern Philippines, decided three years ago to stop selling to multinational fruit corporations and stake his future on Chinese appetites. Through a local exporter, he started shipping all his fruit to China.

Today, his estate on the tropical island of Mindanao is scattered with heaps of rotting bananas. For seven weeks now — ever since an aging U.S.-supplied Philippine warship squared off with Chinese vessels near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea — Bangoy has not been able to sell a single banana to China.

He is a victim of sudden Chinese restrictions on banana imports from the Philippines that China says have been imposed for health reasons but that Bangoy and other growers view as retaliation for a recent flare-up in contested waters around Scarborough Shoal.

“They just stopped buying,” Bangoy said. “It is a big disaster.”

His plight points to the volatile nationalist passions that lie just beneath the placid surface of Asia’s economic boom. It also underscores how quickly quarrels rooted in the distant past can disrupt the promise of a new era of shared prosperity and peace between rising China and its neighbors.

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Re: PH-China Banana War
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2016, 10:43:58 PM »
China lifts import ban on Philippine bananas
By Louise Maureen Simeon (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 7, 2016 - 12:00am

http://www.philstar.com:8080/business/2016/10/07/1630958/china-lifts-import-ban-philippine-bananas

The Philippines remains the second largest producer of bananas worldwide, next to Ecuador, and it continues to supply 95 percent of the total banana demand for the Asian market.

MANILA, Philippines - The Chinese government has lifted the ban on the import of bananas coming from the Philippines.

During his courtesy call at the Department of Agriculture, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said China would now accept bananas and pineapples from Philippine-based exporters.

“We very much appreciate the action of the Chinese government as this will relieve our banana farmers from the serious problem during the suspension considering that China is a huge market for our banana industry,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said over the phone.

The Philippines remains the second largest producer of bananas worldwide, next to Ecuador, and it continues to supply 95 percent of the total banana demand for the Asian market.

Last year, the Philippines exported 448,000 metric tons of bananas to China valued at $157.5 million.

China had destroyed 35 tons of bananas from the Philippines valued at $33,000 last March, and eventually suspended 27 exporters.

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Re: PH-China Banana War
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2018, 04:42:22 PM »
Philippine banana bonanza sparks debate on shift to China
Exports have soared but is Duterte getting enough in return for his strategic pivot?

Michael Peel and Grace Ramos
MARCH 14, 2017

https://www.ft.com/content/3f6df338-056b-11e7-ace0-1ce02ef0def9

The Philippines has boasted of an early win in its pivot from the US to China: a surge in sales of tropical fruits for which President Rodrigo Duterte’s home island is renowned.

Exports of Philippine bananas have soared since the outspoken leader’s landmark October trip to Beijing led China to lift import curbs imposed in the wake of maritime territory dispute.

Manila’s banana diplomacy underlines the fruit’s role as a bellwether of the country’s domestic politics and Asia’s security dynamics. It has also raised questions about whether Mr Duterte is getting enough in return for a strategic shift in which he has embraced China and poured scorn on the US, a longtime ally, since taking office last June.

“There is something symbolic in those banana exports,” said Professor Herman Kraft, a political scientist at the University of the Philippines. “They symbolised the break in bilateral relations between the Philippines and China. Now they seem to be the harbinger of the normalisation of relations.”

Mr Duterte gave thanks to China last week for having “lightened up the economic life of our country”, including by buying more fruit and vegetables. He gave a speech praising President Xi Jinping and the Chinese people “for loving us and giving us enough leeway to survive the rigours of economic life”, according to local media reports.

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Philippine banana exports to China plunged more than two-thirds in volume between 2014 to 2016, as Manila pressed ahead with a case at an international tribunal that ended with a stinging ruling last July against Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea. China had months before destroyed allegedly pesticide-contaminated Philippine bananas and then suspended imports from some companies.


But banana sales rose again sharply beginning around the time Mr Duterte announced more than $13bn of trade and investment deals with China — as well as Manila’s “separation” from Washington. Sales to China in the last quarter of 2016 were more than double those a year earlier, according to official export data. By December China accounted for almost a quarter of Philippine banana exports.

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