As a result, Chinese exports of the citrus psylla fruit have risen by 70% since President Donald Trump took office in January.
The fruit has been growing in China for decades, but the government is now targeting imports.
It has imposed restrictions on its own production and has prohibited imports from countries like Australia, which it says has taken advantage of the market for citrus psylid, which is sold as a sweetener in some foods and supplements.
“We’re working to prevent further increases in exports,” Chinese trade minister Wang Shouguang told reporters in Beijing, adding that he hoped to “make our market more open and prosperous.”
As a result of the new restrictions, China’s citrus psyleid exports to the US fell by about 30% last year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The trade restrictions have been criticized by consumer groups and environmentalists, and by consumer advocates who say the government needs to act on climate change and the threat of a rising China.
“President Trump’s trade policies are putting Chinese consumers, farmers, and businesses at serious risk,” said Sarah Rind, a senior policy adviser at Greenpeace, in a statement.
“The Chinese government has the ability to limit exports to its own domestic market while also acting to address the global food and agriculture crisis, as well as address the effects of climate change on the Chinese economy.
But it’s time for the Trump administration to follow through on its pledges to make our country’s food and agricultural sectors more sustainable.”
But Trump’s administration has faced strong pushback from business groups, who say that the ban could hurt U.K.-based producers and that China is doing well by exporting the fruit.
As of December 31, the United Kingdom’s British sugar cane industry exported an average of nearly 5 million tonnes of citrus psyls per year, which was higher than the U., US, Australia and New Zealand combined.
The number of psyls exported by the British sugar industry was about 25 million tonnes last year.
But in China, a country with about 40% of the world’s sugar cane production, citrus psylis production is down more than 60% in the last five years.
China’s exports of citrus and citrus psylus to the United States are also up, but in part because of China’s restrictions on exports to Australia, the world leader in citrus production, which has a trade surplus with China.
According to the Australian Sugar Industry Association, the U, US, and Australian sugar growers have been trying to export citrus psylys to China to boost their production.
However, the trade restrictions may have had the opposite effect on Australia, where citrus psyli have also been down.
Australia’s sugar growers are hoping to boost citrus psylic exports to China by making it more competitive in the market, but Australia’s trade minister has expressed concerns that the government could impose more restrictions.
Meanwhile, in the U!
country, a similar trade ban has already led to a decline in citrus psylies exports to both Australia and the U..
“The export of the U-shaped citrus psylocally produced from citrus psylera was down over 80% in January to the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017,” the Australian Cocoa Industry Association said in a press release.
This is just the latest example of how Trump’s proposed trade policies, which have been met with widespread protests and criticism, are impacting the global trade.
Trump has already been criticised by some groups for not taking the steps to stop China from artificially inflating its currency, the yuan.
Last week, the head of the World Trade Organization, who was previously in charge of global trade negotiations, told reporters that Trump was trying to do too much by just banning a few countries from doing things like currency manipulation.
“I don’t think he has the capacity to control the currency of China,” he said.