China was the epicenter for COVID-19 the current strain of coronavirus wreaking havoc on the world.
The failure to adequately handle the problem has put Taiwan and the rest of the world at risk.
According to David A. Keene in The Washington Times:
Nowhere are the potential risks of putting politics above all else more acute than in dealing with the various flu-like pandemics that have a tendency to emerge first in China and then spread to surrounding countries and the rest of the world.
Perhaps the best example of China’s willingness to ignore any risk to promote its political agenda can be seen in Beijing’s continuing opposition to Taiwan’s membership in the World Health Organization or WHO. The Chinese Communists do everything they can to isolate the Republic of China on Taiwan from the rest of the world, insisting that Taiwan is a part of China and that other countries should not recognize the Taipei government.
China continues to lack transparency as it fights to exclude Taiwan and claim it as its own. Over a million Chinese are stranded in China and not getting the care they need from the powerful government. As Keene continues:
The world had mostly forgotten China’s lack of transparency and willingness to fully cooperate with the effort to defeat the SARS epidemic, but if the current coronavirus proves itself as dangerous as some suspect, no one is likely to forget or forgive a nation that doesn’t put politics aside to save lives.
SARS was a coronavirus, too, but a seemingly weaker cousin of the current virus. Minimizing its impact will require a politics-free international response and if China wants to be remembered as part of that response Beijing should let the world know that to that end it will no longer object to Taiwan’s membership in the WHO regardless of two nations’ continuing political differences — and if it won’t, the rest of the world should ignore China’s objections.
China will stop at nothing to make sure that Taiwan isn’t remotely recognized as a sovereign state and the ease at which they subject Taiwan and the rest of the world to disease is more evidence of that.
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