EU leader Ursula von der Leyen risks Beijing’s ire by lauding Taiwan’s donation of 5.6 million masks for coronavirus battle

‘We really appreciate this gesture of solidarity,’ the European Commission’s president says in a Twitter post

‘Acts like this show that we are #StrongerTogether,’ she tweets

South China Morning Post
Date: 2 Apr, 2020
By: Stuart Lau

The European Union’s top leader has praised Taiwan for donating millions of masks to help the bloc battle the coronavirus pandemic, in a highly unusual show of solidarity with the self-ruling island expected to provoke Beijing.

“The European Union thanks Taiwan for its donation of 5.6 million masks to help fight the #coronavirus. We really appreciate this gesture of solidarity,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a Twitter post on Wednesday.

“This global virus outbreak requires international solidarity & cooperation,” tweeted von der Leyen, who is four months into leading the executive arm of the 27-nation bloc. “Acts like this show that we are #StrongerTogether.”

Beijing considers Taiwan a wayward part of China to be brought back into the fold – by force, if necessary. Taiwan, currently led by an independence-leaning party, has been running its own governments since 1949.    [FULL  STORY]

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