Taiwan willing to offer help to China in response to COVID-19 surge | CNN



of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said the autonomous democratic island was willing to help help China deal with the coronavirus. After Beijing eased its aggressive approach last month,

China abandons stance limiting Covid centers after nearly three years, swiftly ending lockdown contact tracing compulsory test and the lifting of quarantine measures that restrict people from entering and exiting the country.

But the sudden exit from the COVID center could lead to Nearly 1 million deathsfrom the new study The country is facing an unprecedented wave of infections spreading from its largest cities to rural areas.

“Due to humanitarian needs We are happy to provide necessary assistance (to China) as needed. so that more people can survive the epidemic and have a healthy and peaceful New Year,” Tsai said in her New Year’s speech on Sunday.

However, she did not specify what form of assistance Taipei would provide.

The reversal of China’s COVID policy has awakened the public and the medical system. Some pharmacy shelves are stocked with cold and fever remedies. And hospitals are struggling to cope with a record spike in infections.

China also announced last week that it Quarantine requirements for international travelers will be lifted. and resuming outbound travel for Chinese nationals from January 8th – but also cause concern among some overseas governments as China’s COVID cases soar.

An empty cough syrup shelf in central China's Hubei province on December 20, 2022.

Countries such as the United States, Japan and South Korea have moved to impose restrictions. while other countries such as France and the United Kingdom Make it clear that they are ready to welcome Chinese tourists. which used to be a major driver of international tourism before the pandemic

in her New Year’s message Tsai also called on Beijing to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. It said it was a shared responsibility and expectation across the region.

“War is not an option to solve problems. There is only dialogue, cooperation and a common goal of promoting peaceful development and stability in the region. By doing so, we can bring safety and happiness to more people,” said Tsai.

The Chinese Communist Party views Taiwan as which is an island of 24 million people governed by democracy as part of their territory even though it was never controlled They have long pledged to “reunite” the island with the mainland. using force if necessary

Cross-strait tensions have soared in the past year.

When the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi Visits Taiwan last August China blamed the foreign ministry for saying the trip would “Seriously affected the political foundation of China-U.S. relations.”

Shortly after she arrived in Taiwan Beijing also launched unprecedented military exercises around the island.

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