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Taiwan rebuffs accusations it racially attacked WHO chief

Taiwan rebuffs accusations it racially attacked WHO chief

4/9/2020 10:30:00 AM

Taiwan rebuffs accusations it racially attacked WHO chief

Taiwan on Thursday angrily condemned accusations from the World Health Organization's ( WHO ) boss that racist slurs against him had come from the island, saying racism did not exist in Taiwan in an escalation of its bitter quarrel with the body.

4 Min ReadTAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan on Thursday angrily condemned accusations from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) boss that racist slurs against him had come from the island, saying racism did not exist in Taiwan in an escalation of its bitter quarrel with the body.

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Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-Wen and soldiers wear face masks to protect them coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a military camp in Tainan, Taiwan, April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Ann WangTaiwan’s exclusion from the WHO, due to objections from China which claims the island as its own, has infuriated the Taipei government during the coronavirus outbreak.

Taiwan says it has been unable to get timely information and that Taiwanese lives have become political pawns. The WHO denies this.Taiwan has long described this as a pattern of behaviour that puts it at risk because of Chinese pressure to exclude it from international bodies.

On Wednesday, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus rejected “racist slurs” against him, which he said had originated in Taiwan.Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan opposed any form of discrimination.“For years, we have been excluded from international organisations, and we know better than anyone else what it feels like to be discriminated against and isolated,” she said in a statement. “If Director-General Tedros could withstand pressure from China and come to Taiwan to see Taiwan’s efforts to fight COVID-19 for himself, he would be able to see that the Taiwanese people are the true victims of unfair treatment.”

Tedros is not a popular figure in Taiwan due to suspicion he is too close to China and the WHO’s listing of Taiwan’s virus case numbers under China’s, despite it being totally separately governed.U.S. President Donald Trump sharply criticised the WHO on Tuesday, accusing it of being too focused on China and issuing bad advice during the coronavirus outbreak.

Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou said Tedros’ accusations were groundless and “imaginary” and Taiwan had not made any racist comments nor encouraged anyone to do so.Tedros’ comments were irresponsible and he should clarify them and apologise to Taiwan, Ou said.

“The concept of racism does not exist in Taiwan. We do not have a problem of racism,” she told reporters.Taiwan has been proud of its early and so far effective measures against the coronavirus, logging just 379 cases and five deaths to date, far lower than many of its neighbours.

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The WHO said last month it was closely following the development of the coronavirus in Taiwan and learning lessons from how they are fighting it.Slideshow(2 Images)However, Taiwan says the WHO ignored its questions at the start of the outbreak and has not shared with member states information Taiwan has provided, including details on its coronavirus cases and prevention methods.

Under the slogan “Taiwan can help”, the government last week announced the donation of 10 million faces masks to the United States, Europe and the 15 countries which still maintain formal diplomatic ties with the island.Ou said Taiwan would donate another six million masks, to northern and eastern Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and U.S. states hardest hit by the pandemic.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Lincoln Feast. Read more: Reuters Top News »

Way to go Taiwan! After all the denials, they didn't deem it fit to send masks to Africa.🙄 Taiwan number 1 racist! Look at all those mainland Chinese commenting here in Twitter, which is banned in China, sure you can smell something... 'Racism claim' is the last rescue of the Third World scoundrels... DrTedros learnd it well from China Gov.

tai'wan is a part of China.CaiYingwen is SB Taiwan NO.1 What's WHO do in it's 3 months Shame Taiwan on their behaviours 😦😦😦 how about we launch a campaign in Africa to beat this chinese fuckers to death till we exterminate chinese population in Africa The American pet is following instructions from their masters..

Inverse does not equal reverse. 呆蛙南波湾! Defending the repellent DrTedros by playing the race card is abhorrent. He needs to resign from WHO Tedros has to go to make the WHO reconfigure itself and take the correct role in this pandemic. Lesson learned. Not another politician please. 台湾加油! There are many people discharging lies and propaganda from CCP here but the truth is Taiwan is one of very important members of free and democratic world. Shame on you Mr. WHO.

So-called Dr. Tedros is China's puppet and probably a criminal. 👇👇 Taiwan is 'democracy' virus, and should be removed from Asia. P.R. China should take over Taiwan completely and declare that lady guilty. 一国一票的总干事和中共狼狈为奸?按常理说西方世界的盟友力量应该远超过中共的盟友(俄罗斯 巴基斯坦 伊朗 叙利亚 朝鲜 古巴 老挝 )怎么说呢?某些国家和他的港独台独(对号入座,如果你反共但不支持独立那就不是说你,每个人都有自己的意识形态)兄弟们傻了瞎了,选了一个所谓的亲共分子?

Such a clown who cried for people's recognition by being racist. Funny. Back in end Jan/early Feb,he thought his virus in/virus out,dangerous/not dangerous, /infectious/not infectious...can swing the market ...toying around human lives like he easily manipulated mainlanders.Well,he has blood in his hands!!

Taiwan is presenting the world how to perform 'democracy' by racism. WeSupportDrTedros I suspect it is also organized considering so many “sarcasm” cartoon for DrTedros. Virus is killing people and people are attacking an expert who can save their lives? Like Dr Fauci Interesting Taiwan drama queens are really annoying. Keep calling WHO chief a negro.

It's not about Tedros' race. It's about his selective grasp of reality.

Taiwan protests WHO leader's accusations of racist campaign Taiwan ’s foreign ministry strongly protests accusations from the World Health Organization's chief that it condoned racist attacks on him that he alleged came from the self-governing island democracy. It’s 101 from playbook. Do something stupid or shitty then play victim LMAO The WHO and UN are disgraceful when it comes to Taiwan. The UN and all other nations including Communist China needs to recognize Taiwan as an Independent Nation.

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