Taiwan accused the Chinese regime of giving misinformation to the World Health Organization (WHO) about the cases of coronavirus on the island, in a new clash between the two systems of government.
Taiwanese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou said her country sent the correct data to the WHO, which corrected the figures provided by Beijing Feb. 4, reducing the actual number of cases in Taiwan to 10.
“This was wrong information that was provided by China which created the mistake,” Ou said, according to Channel News Asia.
There are currently 11 people affected in Taiwan, while the Chinese regime reported 28,000 contaminated patients on the mainland.
As a preventive measure, Taiwan announced that as of Feb. 7 it would deny entry to foreigners who have visited China in the past 14 days. However, its residents will be allowed to enter.
The Chinese regime opposes the admission of the Taiwanese government to the WHO, claiming that it is one of its territories and not another country, so it assumes its representation.
Taiwan, which democratically elects its own rulers, declares itself an independent country called the Republic of China and has never been part of the People’s Republic of China.
Furthermore, surveys show that young people in Taiwan are strongly opposed to joining the Chinese communist regime.
Their rejection is intensifying as the Chinese regime increases its repression, reduces political space, harasses religious minorities in concentration camps, and unleashes a surveillance system that uses the latest technology to monitor its citizens.
“Facial recognition [in China] has become ubiquitous, allowing for new forms of social control. The suppression of speech on the Internet has only become more severe,” Bloomberg noted.
“The greatest threat we face in the next century comes from China,” U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) told the Miami Herald. “It’s Hong Kong now, then it will be Taiwan and soon America itself,” he added.
Meanwhile, social repression is on the rise in mainland China, where practitioners of the ancient Chinese discipline known as Falun Gong or Falun Dafa are tortured and killed en masse for refusing to renounce their faith and adhere to the only thought permitted, which is communism.
In support for Taiwan, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said the United States supports democracy in that country and continues to “oppose Chinese efforts to undermine Taiwan,” according to Taiwan News.
“The Chinese government is terrified by the idea of freedom, which is why Beijing continues to attempt to isolate Taiwan,” Cruz added, according to CNA, quoted by the same source.