Photo taken on July 21, 2019 shows the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei, China's Taiwan. (Photo/Xinhua)
The Chinese mainland will suspend the export of natural sand to Taiwan, starting from Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
A spokesperson of the ministry said the Chinese mainland has made the decision in accordance with relevant laws and regulations, according to an article on the MOC website.
The spokesperson made the remarks when facing media inquiries for answers and comments regarding if the Chinese mainland will adjust its policies on exporting natural sand to the Chinese island.
Experts said the suspension is worth noticing, as Chinese mainland is an important supplier of major raw material for concrete to Taiwan.
"Although mining natural sand has impact on the environment, the Chinese mainland has been exporting natural sand for years to support the construction work in Taiwan up till now," said Zhang Yansheng, chief researcher at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges.
"For Taiwan, importing the low value-added resource product from the Chinese mainland is the most convenient and inexpensive," he added.
Zhou Mi, a senior researcher at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation in Beijing, said the export suspension will have impact on infrastructure construction in Taiwan, which may spillover to overall economic activity in the Chinese island.