By: Chen Yun-yu and Matthew Mazzetta
Taipei, April 9 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday invited World HealthOrganization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to visit Taiwan amid growing controversy over his claim the day before that Taiwan is behind a campaign of personal attacks against him.
In a press briefing Wednesday (Central European Time), Tedros — an Ethiopian microbiologist and the first African to lead the public health body — said he had been the victim of racially abusive attacks emanating from Taiwan, and said that the country's foreign ministry, rather than disavowing the attacks, actually stepped up its criticism of him.
"Three months ago, this attack came from Taiwan. We need to be honest," he said.
Tsai responded Thursday in an English-language Facebook post, writing that "I strongly protest the accusations today that Taiwan is instigating racist attacks in the international community. Taiwan has always opposed all forms of discrimination." [FULL STORY]