TAIPEI (REUTERS) - Taiwan is considering countermeasures if the Philippines does not lift a ban on Taiwan ese citizens visiting the country over fears about the coronavirus, the island's foreign ministry said on Thursday (Feb 13).. Read more at straitstimes.com.
The Philippines, more than 115,000 of whose nationals work in Taiwan in factories and as domestic helpers, said this week it had included Taiwan as part of a ban on people from China visiting the country.Taiwan is governed entirely separately from China, but Beijing claims the island as its own and the World Health Organisation (WHO) clubs its virus cases in the category for China, which has led some countries to impose the same restrictions on Taiwanese as on Chinese citizens.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou told reporters in Taipei that Taiwan had a planned response if the Philippines maintained its ban, but she declined to elaborate, saying a decision was awaited from the Philippines government.Ms Ou said"we will continue to communicate with the Philippines and explain that this is a one-sided and wrong decision by the Philippines' health ministry, which has already affected the relationship between the two countries of Taiwan and the Philippines".
Taiwan and the Philippines have close economic and cultural ties, but no formal diplomatic relations, as the Philippines, like most countries, only recognises the government in Beijing, and not in Taipei.Taiwan has repeatedly complained that with its 18 virus cases compared with some 60,000 in China means it is unfair for the WHO to lump them together with China and mislead other countries into believing Taiwan faces an equally dire epidemic.Read more: The Straits Times »
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They have already made it clear it’s nothing political, why does Taiwan have to make it so political? It’s fair that other people wanted to protect themselves just as much as you do. Why so double standard?
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The Straits Times @STcomTHE BIG STORY: Coronavirus : 300 vacated from DBS office | Coronavirus : The impact on businesses | Coronavirus : Quarantined at sea | Singaporean of the Year :( 李显龙关于香港中国和病毒均有不当误导性言论，造成新加坡银行在香港被砸，美国参众议员批评！近来也有大批新加坡年轻选民纷纷上网请愿！其兄妹也重炮轰击他！😀😀😀估计李显龙要步杨文荣后尘，落选败逃？ Very gloomy
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