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Taiwan accuses WHO of ignoring its achievements; Tedros condemns Taipei for “racist slurs”

Thursday, April 9th 2020 - 12:38 UTC
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WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus rejected “racist slurs” against him, which he said had originated in Taiwan. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus rejected “racist slurs” against him, which he said had originated in Taiwan.

Taiwan's Foreign Ministry on Thursday condemned “groundless” accusations from the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) that racist slurs against him had come from the island, as Taipei escalated its feud with the body.

Taiwan's lack of membership of the WHO, due to pressure from China which claims the island as its own, has infuriated the Taipei government during the coronavirus outbreak, which says it has been unable to get timely information and that Taiwanese lives have become political pawns. The WHO denies the criticisms.

On Wednesday, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus rejected “racist slurs” against him, which he said had originated in Taiwan.

Taiwan's Foreign Ministry said it “strongly condemned and protested the groundless accusations” which it labeled “imaginary”.

“We are a mature and highly accomplished advanced democratic country, and have absolutely not instigated our people to personally attack the WHO's director-general, and have absolutely not made any racist comments,” it said.

Taiwan condemns any form of discrimination, and any attacks on the Internet against the WHO's boss have nothing to do with Taiwan's Foreign Ministry nor have been instigated by it, the ministry added.

Tedros' comments were irresponsible and he should clarify them and apologize to Taiwan, it said. Taiwan has been proud of its early and so far effective measures against the coronavirus, logging just 379 cases and five deaths to date, far lower than many of its neighbors, even as it has been excluded from the WHO.

The WHO, in a rare statement about Taiwan last month, said it was closely following the development of the coronavirus there, is learning lessons from how they are fighting it, and detailing how the WHO has been working with Taiwanese health experts.

Taiwan says WHO ignored its questions at the start of the coronavirus outbreak and has not shared with member states information Taiwan has provided on the coronavirus including details on its cases and prevention methods.

This is part of what it has long described as a pattern that puts it at risk because of Chinese pressure to exclude it from international bodies.

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  • Pugol-H

    Taiwan has a point, The WHO has deliberately excluded them.

    Putting mainland China’s political interests above the health interests of the people of Taiwan, not to mention the people where it can spread to from there.

    Not how you really want to try and fight a pandemic, is it?

    Leaving a bit of it to run on, so you don’t upset the Mandarins in Peking.

    Seems like Trump is right on this, the WHO are acting politically and “China centrically”, refusing even to admit the Virus came from China for fear of causing the Chinese leadership loss of face.

    And what does Tedros do, play the Race card. Try and make it about who he is, deflect from what he is doing, or rather not doing.

    Apr 10th, 2020 - 11:28 am 0
  • imoyaro

    Tedros is a big part of the problem, he's a shill for the Chicoms...

    https://panampost.com/mamela-fiallo/2020/04/10/who-irresponsibility-coronavirus/

    Apr 13th, 2020 - 03:00 am 0
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