Taipei Times: Virus Outbreak: MOFA slams Beijing’s ‘misleading’ lies

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday accused the Chinese government of lying and misleading other nations into blocking Taiwanese flights or tourists, after Italy, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Mongolia imposed bans amid 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) fears.

Beijing has repeatedly lied to the global community by claiming to take good cares of Taiwanese, ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) told a news briefing at the ministry in Taipei after being asked about comments Chinese Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Li Song (李松) made at the WHO executive board’s meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, yesterday.

Li told the meeting that “the so-called crevice to global disease prevention resulting from Taiwan’s exclusion from the WHO does not exist at all. That is merely a lie and pretext made by Taiwanese authorities seeking to join the WHO assembly.”

China has provided Taiwan with the latest information about the new coronavirus based on the principles of transparency and openness, and last month it received two Taiwanese representatives seeking to collect information about the disease in Wuhan, Li said.

Ou rejected Li’s claims, saying that the Taiwanese sent to Wuhan were only able to gather limited information.

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