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Taiwan to donate 10m masks to Europe and US
« on: April 02, 2020, 08:39:55 AM »
Taiwan to donate 10m masks to Europe and US
Pledge to provide far more than China promised risks angering Beijing

Taiwan has pledged to donate 10m face masks to countries hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic including EU member states and the US, in a move that will probably anger China and highlights the geopolitical dimension of the pandemic.

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Taiwan's foreign ministry said 7m of the masks would go to the EU and particularly hard-hit EU member countries as well as the UK and Switzerland, a pledge more than three times the amount China promised the EU.

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Excluded from the World Health Organization at China’s insistence, Taipei is keen to use its success so far in containing the virus to boost international co-operation, especially with “like-minded countries” such as western democracies. As of Tuesday, Taiwan had only 322 confirmed coronavirus cases and a death toll of 5.

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The accord included a pledge that once Taiwan’s mask production capacity had reached a level where it could spare some, it would provide 100,000 week to the US in exchange for materials for producing hazmat suits.

On Monday, Taipei announced an arrangement with Australia, under which Canberra will provide alcohol needed for producing hand sanitiser in exchange for non-woven fabric from Taiwan for mask production.

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« Last Edit: April 02, 2020, 08:48:32 AM by adroth »