Taiwan Protests WHO Leader’s Accusations of Racist Campaig
By The Associated Press
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s foreign ministry on Thursday strongly protested accusations from the head of the World Health Organization that the self-governing island was linked to and condoned racist personal attacks on him.
A ministry statement expressed “strong dissatisfaction and a high degree of regret” with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ remarks at a press briefing in Geneva on Wednesday.
It requested he “immediately correct his unfounded allegations, immediately clarify, and apologize to our country.”
At the press briefing, Tedros vocally defended himself and the U.N. health agency’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
He accused Taiwan’s foreign ministry of being linked to a months-long campaign against him and said that since the emergence of the new coronavirus, he has been personally attacked, including receiving at times, death threats and racist abuse.
“This attack came from Taiwan,” said Tedros, a former Ethiopian health and foreign minister and the WHO’s first African leader.