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Sweet talk: Taiwan touts sugar apples in Japan amid China ban

Taipei seeking new markets for luxury fruit due to trade spat with Beijing

Taiwan is hoping people in Japan will develop a taste for its sugar apples. (Photo by Nana Shibata)

TOKYO -- Taiwan is turning to Japan to find new customers for its sugar apples after top buyer China suspended imports of the luxury fruit amid festering tensions between Beijing and Taipei.

Nurturing fresh appetite in Japan for the knobbly green fruit, prized for its creamy flesh, could help bolster ties between Taipei and Tokyo at a time when China is ramping up political and military pressure on Taiwan, which it claims as its own territory.

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