From BBC news online :
‘Chinese’ tequila worries Mexico
Mexican tequila sells well in the US
Mexican politicians are demanding action to protect the tequila industry from Chinese competition. The lower house of Congress voted to urge the government to stop Chinese firms patenting maguey – a type of agave cactus used in tequila.
MPs are also worried that Chinese and Japanese firms could target the market in another cactus species, nopal.
Nopal leaves are increasingly popular in the US, where there is already strong demand for tequila.
Don’t settle for anything but OG Tequila from Mexico. Chinese might make good… uh… whatever they make, but leave the Tequila to the Mexicans. It’s seriously all they have.