Posted: Saturday, April 11, 2020. 9:13 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Republic of China (Taiwan) insists it is not behind any efforts to malign, and did not itself malign, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in a statement “expresses profound regret and strong protest regarding the false accusations against our government” made by Dr. Ghebreyesus and demands a correction and apology, stating that his response could not be verified.
In a press conference at WHO in Geneva on April 8, Dr. Tedros “groundlessly” accused the government of Taiwan of having encouraged the Taiwanese people to discredit him, the MOFA said, and in turn, caused grave harm to the reputation of Taiwan. His unfounded accusations are seriously misleading to the international community. MOFA expresses profound regret and strongly protests this.
Taiwan offers its regret that anyone tried to discredit Dr. Ghebreyesus and reiterated its stand against discrimination.
At the same time, it called for its inclusion in world organizations including the WHO, citing its “Taiwan Model” which has allowed it to “very quickly take effective preventive and proactive response measures against COVID-19. This has minimized the impact on citizens’ daily lives through treatment, tracking, quarantine and mitigation…Taiwan has donated key supplies needed by frontline medical personnel in the countries most severely affected by the pandemic, including those in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Southeast Asia, to support medical personnel around the world as they are jointly in the frontline fighting this pandemic. Taiwan being granted full involvement in WHO would allow us to share our successful experience with the world more effectively, and actively contribute to prevention and containment efforts, thus putting an end to the pandemic as quickly as possible.”
The People’s Republic of China, where the COVID-19 virus first manifested from in November 2019, has consistently refused to engage Taiwan, which it regards as a breakaway province.
Belize which has strong diplomatic ties to Taiwan has supported its call for inclusion in the WHO.
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