Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) have requested that Taiwanese trapped in Wuhan, the center of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, be allowed to return home via charter flights, the report said. However, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) has refused the requests, according to the chinatimes.com report.
TAO Spokesman Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光) issued a news release on Tuesday afternoon, stating that China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) received a letter from SEF at 6 p.m. on Monday
Ma insisted that Taiwanese in Hubei Province, where Wuhan is located, have been well cared for. As of Monday afternoon, no Taiwanese in the province had been infected with the virus, Hubei Provincial Taiwan Affairs Office said.
Ma said China had a high regard for the wellbeing of Taiwanese in China and had been in touch with officials from the beginning of the outbreak, according to the report. He added that China had arranged for Taiwanese experts to inspect the situation in Wuhan, and was continuing to provide updates about the new disease, the report added.