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Cabinet denies plan to import Chinese liquor

Cabinet denies plan to import Chinese liquor

The government has no plans to import liquor from China, Cabinet Secretary-general Chen Chin-jun said Wednesday, dismissing a local Chinese-language news report that said the government mulled doing so to placate alcohol importers.
Chen was referring to a United Daily News story saying the Bureau of Foreign Trade, under pressure from certain officials and alcohol importers, is considering importing a "small quantity" of Chinese spirits, probably to the tune of about 4-8 percent of the total amount of alcohol consumed annually in Taiwan.
Chen stressed that three conditions would have to be met before Taiwan would allow Chinese liquor imports -- namely that Taiwan's national security would not be undermined, that related industries in Taiwan would not be adversely affected and the Taiwan people's health would not be compromised.
The secretary-general pointed out that there are hundreds of kinds of liquor in China and that according to reports, up to 80 percent of the liquor produced there is bootleg, which he said could pose a health risk to consumers.


Updated : 2020-12-05 13:21 GMT+08:00