US health chief pledges ‘strong’ support to Taiwan
TAIPEI (TAIWAN) – US Health Secretary Alex Azar pledged President Donald Trump’s strong support for democratic Taiwan on Monday. He said that the way President Tsai Ing-wen and her government dealt with the coronavirus pandemic had been remarkable.
Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday becoming the highest-level US official to visit in four decades. The trip, however, was condemned by China.
Azar told Tsai in the Presidential Office, “It’s a true honour to be here to convey a message of strong support and friendship from President Trump to Taiwan.”
He told Tsai, “Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 has been among the most successful in the world, and that is a tribute to the open, transparent, democratic nature of Taiwan’s society and culture.”
Tsai told Azar his visit was a reflection of “a huge step forward in anti-pandemic collaborations between our countries”.
Taiwan has been particularly thankful for US support for allowing it to attend the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision-making body the World Health Assembly.
Taiwan is not a member of the WHO following objections to the same by China, which considers it a Chinese province.
(Photos syndicated via Reuters)
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