‘We are ready for’…Taiwan’s olive branch to China and a common task for 2023

by Zauqi Farooqi
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen extended an olive branch to Beijing, vowing to offer aid amid a sharp rise in Covid cases in China.

“As long as there is a need, we stand ready to provide necessary assistance based on humanitarian concerns,” Tsai Ing-wen said in her New Year’s speech. Healthy and safe new year”.

China abandoned its strict ‘zero-covid’ policy, three years after the coronavirus first emerged in the city of Wuhan, and is facing a massive surge in cases. Chinese hospitals are overcrowded with patients, cremation grounds are overcrowded and pharmacies have run out of fever medicines.

In his televised New Year’s speech, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that “the light of hope lies before us” as the prevention and control of the epidemic entered “a new stage”.

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