Virus Outbreak: Tsai rebuffs Tedros’ racism accusation

COME AND SEE: The president invited the WHO’s leader to visit Taiwan and see its commitment to making global contributions ‘in the face of discrimination and isolation’

Taipei Times
Date:  Apr 10, 2020
By: Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter

Taiwan knows better than anyone what it feels like to be discriminated against and isolated,

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Feb. 24.
Photo: Reuters

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday, as she protested an accusation by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that Taiwan was organizing a racist campaign against him.

At a WHO news conference on Wednesday, Tedros was asked for comment on US President Donald Trump’s remark that the US might cut funding to the WHO.

After calling on the US and China to jointly fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Tedros then accused Taiwan of having launched racist attacks against him three months ago, saying that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was aware of the attacks and had even engaged in slandering him.While several African leaders voiced support for Tedros on social media, his remarks provoked angry responses from across party lines in Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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