US well being chief Alex Azar gives Taiwan ‘strong’ assist in landmark go to

Taipei, August 10

US Health Secretary Alex Azar provided President Donald Trump’s robust assist for democratic Taiwan on Monday, telling President Tsai Ing-wen that her authorities’s response to the coronavirus pandemic had been among the many world’s greatest.

Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday because the highest-level US official to go to in 4 a long time, a visit condemned by China which claims the island as its personal, additional irritating Sino-US relations. China has promised unspecified retaliation to Azar’s journey.

Washington broke off official ties with Taipei in 1979 in favour of Beijing. The Trump administration has made strengthening its assist for the democratic island a precedence, and boosted arms gross sales.

“It’s a true honour to be here to convey a message of strong support and friendship from President Trump to Taiwan,” Azar informed Tsai within the Presidential Office, standing in entrance of two Taiwanese flags.

Azar is visiting to strengthen financial and public-health cooperation with Taiwan and assist Taiwan’s worldwide position in preventing the pandemic.

“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,” he informed Tsai.

Taiwan’s early and efficient steps to battle the illness have saved its case numbers far decrease than these of its neighbours, with 480 infections, together with seven deaths. Most circumstances have been imported.

The United States, which has had extra coronavirus circumstances and deaths than every other nation, has repeatedly clashed with China over the pandemic, accusing Beijing of missing transparency.

Tsai informed Azar his go to represented “a huge step forward in anti-pandemic collaborations between our countries”, mentioning areas of cooperation together with vaccine and drug analysis and manufacturing.

Taiwan has been significantly grateful for US assist to allow its attendance on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision-making physique the World Health Assembly, and to permit it larger entry to the organisation.

Taiwan isn’t a member of the WHO on account of China’s objections, which considers it a Chinese province.

“I’d like to reiterate that political considerations should never take precedence over the rights to health. The decision to bar Taiwan from participating in the WHA is a violation of the universal rights to health,” Tsai stated. Reuters 

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