US Lawmakers Defend Taiwan Against WHO Chief’s Claims

Epoch Times
Date: April 12, 2020
By: Frank Fang

TAIPEI – MARCH 19 : Commuters are seen in the Taipei metro station heading home from work on March 19, 2020 in Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong have had more successful approaches in battling the pandemic given their experience with SARS in 2003. According to CDC current totals the Coronavirus ( COVID-19) has now affected 235,939 globally, killing 9,874. It has spread to 157 countries.
(Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images )

TAIPEI, Taiwan—U.S. officials are voicing support for Taiwan following claims by World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that he was the target of racist insults and death threats that originated from Taiwan.

The WHO’s leader on April 8 also accused the island’s foreign ministry of knowing about the attacks and also criticizing him.

Response to WHO 

In response to the accusations, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen stated that Taiwan opposes all forms of discrimination. She extended an invitation to Ghebreyesus to visit Taiwan so he could see for himself the island’s efforts to fight COVID-19.


蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen✔@iingwen

Taiwan opposes all forms of discrimination. I want to take this opportunity to invite @WHO Director-General @DrTedros to visit Taiwan & experience for himself how committed the Taiwanese people are to engaging with the world & combating #COVID19. Statement: 

Click on image to view image in Twitter.

On April 10, Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau held a press conference to call out a Twitter smear campaign by mainland Chinese netizens who had posed as Taiwanese citizens and wrote “apologies” to Ghebreyesus for the purported attacks. Many Twitter accounts posted the exact same message.

“I applaud [Taiwan President] @iingwen’s response to baseless claims that Taiwan is fueling racist attacks against @DrTedros,” U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote in a tweet the next day about the spat, in defense of Taiwan.

“I encourage him to check out #Taiwan’s record—despite its exclusion—so we can collectively advance @WHO’s critical global health work,” he added.    [FULL  STORY]

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