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Top Taiwan leader punches back at China for trying to blame US over coronavirus pandemic

'...the world already knows where that it started'

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Communist China's propaganda effort to wash their hands of responsibility for the coronavirus is well underway, but that is not stopping Taiwan from identifying who is to blame for COVID-19.

While China campaigns to pin responsibility on the United States, Taiwan Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday that the onus lays squarely at China's feet.

Wu said:

Well, you know, when the Coronavirus started in Wuhan, we sent our CDC officials and experts to that area to make investigation. And we knew that there was something wrong in that place. But the Chinese government officials were rather quiet about the real situation. And I think right now, the world already knows where that it started, and that is the term that we use to describe this kind of Coronavirus. We called it Wuhan Pneumonia Coronavirus.

Wu explained that China is attempting to blame the U.S. because COVID-19 is proving that China is not a responsible superpower the international community can trust.

"The Chinese understand that its national reputation suffered tremendously in the last few months because of the coronavirus. And what it's trying to do is trying to overturn that kind of situation," Wu said. "I think the Chinese are also coming out in a very strong way through its propaganda that it is the savior of the world right now."

During his interview, Wu also revealed how Taiwan, despite being in close geographic proximity to China, has been able to curb COVID-19 from gaining a foothold in the island nation.

Wu explained:

You asked about why or how we do better than other countries. I can tell you that we learned it from our experience. Taiwan was hit very hard by SARS back in 2002 and 2003. And we learned the lesson, and therefore, we try to structure the government to deal with an epidemic like this.

So when we heard that there was some suspicious cases in Wuhan, China, we jumped up ahead of what may happen to us. We started our command center. We started our taskforce in dealing with the situation. And when the situation is getting worse in China, we mobilized the whole government to deal with the situation. We try to control the border. We tried to set up quarantine mechanisms, and we tried to set up tracing mechanisms to deal with those cases, including the contacts. And the government is also issuing public messaging policies. And we also set up ration mechanisms for materials for us to face the situation. So this is what we do altogether, and so far, it's been successful.

As of Tuesday, Taiwan has seen only 77 cases of COVID-19, including just one death.

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