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The US health minister meets with Taiwanese leaders despite criticism from Beijing

United States Secretary of Health Alex Azar made the highest visit to Taiwan by a North American official in more than four decades this Monday, during which he met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing Wen. whom he praised the reaction to the new coronavirus.

The Chinese government, which is defending its sovereignty over Taiwan, criticized this trip last week, which is taking place amid escalating political tensions between Beijing and Washington. Instead, the US government defends the need to strengthen bilateral cooperation.

Azar said in Taipei that he has “a clear message of support and friendship from President (Donald) Trump” under his arm, while Tsai describes the visit as “a major step forward in cooperation against the pandemic between the two countries” Has. “.

The US health minister meets with Taiwanese leaders despite criticism from Beijing
The US health minister meets with Taiwanese leaders despite criticism from Beijing

The fight against COVID-19, which has so far ended with 480 cases and seven deaths in Taiwan, has been praised by the North American minister. “Taiwan’s response has been one of the best in the world and underscores the open, transparent and democratic nature of Taiwanese society and culture,” said Azar.

Tsai also took the opportunity to dismiss China’s alleged veto of Taiwan’s admission to the World Health Assembly, the executive body of the WHO, as “very unfortunate.” “I would like to reiterate that political considerations should never take precedence over the right to health,” he criticized, accusing Beijing of violating “a universal right”.

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