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Mask donation from Taiwan reaches Central America

ROC Central News Agency

04/10/2020 01:53 PM

Taipei, April 10 (CNA) Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Friday announced that face masks from Taiwan have arrived in the nation's diplomatic allies in Central America, emphasizing the Taiwanese people are "proud" to extend a helping hand at this difficult time.

"Our assistance to allies in Central America has arrived safely. The people of Taiwan are proud to help friends in a time of need," Wu tweeted, followed by the hashtag #TaiwanCanHelp, a slogan signifying Taiwan's willingness to contribute amid the coronavirus crisis.

On April 1, MOFA announced that Taiwan would donate 10 million masks to countries seriously affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, including the United States, 11 European countries and 15 of the country's diplomatic allies.

Two million will be sent to the U.S., 1 million to 15 allies, with the remaining 7 million going to Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Poland, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

Wu's tweet also came with the hashtag #ThisAttackComesFromTaiwan, a new catchphrase created by supporters of Taiwan and Taiwanese netizens after World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus on Wednesday accused Taiwan of being behind a campaign of personal attacks against him.

In response to the accusation, a new hashtag, "This attack comes from Taiwan," began trending on Twitter and Instagram, with netizens posting gourmet foods and showcasing extraordinary events that took place in the country, such as being the first Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

(By Chen Yun-yu and Ko Lin)


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