AP: Taiwan says virus aid sent quietly to avoid Beijing protests
Wed August, 2020, Age: 3 years
During a meeting with the Alex M. Azar II, US Secretary of Health and Human Services and the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan since the 1980s, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said that China’s attempts to isolate Taiwan had compelled the country to keep its COVID-19 aid under the radar. “Truth is, we even had to deliver these supplies quietly in some occasions to keep the recipients free from trouble, trouble from Beijing,” Wu said. Taiwan gained praise during the pandemic for its success in controlling the spread of the virus, despite its geographic proximity to China and its exclusion from international public health organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO). Wu said that the ROC’s pandemic aid included 51 million masks donated abroad, 10 million of which were sent to the U.S., along with other personal protection equipment (PPE).