‘It isn’t my job to flatter China’: Taiwan foreign minister

After Xinhua says Taiwan 'hates China, fawns over US,' Wu says it is not his job to flatter China

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/03/20
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In response to an editorial by Xinhua News accusing Taiwan of "hating China and fawning over the U.S.," Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said, "It isn't my job to flatter China."

During a press conference held by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (March 18), Wu said that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen, Taiwan and the U.S. will further strengthen cooperative consultation mechanisms to fight against the disease. After the press conference, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the de facto American embassy, issued a joint statement on the partnership, which will be signed by Wu and AIT Director Brent Christensen.

On Thursday (March 19) Communist China's state-run mouthpiece Xinhua News published an editorial in which it criticized the joint declaration, saying that "The Democratic Progressive Party authorities hate China and fawn over the U.S. and have come out with a new trick." The article then singled out Wu for allegedly continuing to use words with discriminatory meanings to spread the "political virus" to attack China.    [FULL  STORY]

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