onsdag 3. mars 2021

China must stop disrupting Taiwan's handling of COVID-19

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019, the Chinese Communist Party and some of its ideological allies in Taiwan have unremittingly politicized health issues to further Beijing's agenda.

It was not just that the Chinese regime denied that the virus originated in Wuhan and that its spread to every corner of the planet resulted from an initial cover-up. As the pandemic spread, the CCP played politics with global health by using its influence to exclude Taiwan -- a front-line state in the battle against the virus -- from the World Health Organization and browbeat countries that accepted assistance from Taiwan.

Throughout the crisis, the CCP has relied on a handful of Taiwanese businesspeople based in China, as well as Taiwanese politicians and disinformation, to attempt to sabotage the performance of Taiwan's health authorities and that of the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen.