Lin Chun-lai bought his grouper farm in southern Taiwan about a decade ago with an eye on mainland China's growing appetite for live fish. In just a few years, the former electrician made enough money to support his family of four and even open a small inn.
Then China banned all grouper imports from the island in an attempt to turn the economic screws on Taiwan, a self-governed island Beijing claims as its own territory. Lin and other farmers have been cut off from their main market, putting their livelihoods at risk and causing a huge blow to a lucrative industry.
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