To combat COVID-19, Canada should follow the example of the United States and the European Union and partner with Taiwan, while further distancing itself from China, says Marcus Kolga, senior fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.
“Taiwan is a fiercely democratic and transparent nation that can be trusted, and was among the most effective in combating this pandemic,” Kolga told The Epoch Times.
In contrast, he says, “the Chinese government has lied, deflected, and created a mountain of fake information about [COVID-19] to avoid any responsibility for their negligence in enabling the initial outbreak.”
The United States recently announced that it is partnering with Taiwan—which, despite being next door to China, has very few cases of COVID-19—to collaborate on measures to combat the pandemic.
The partnership includes cooperation on research and development on vaccine and medicine to fight the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, and supply and exchange of medical supplies and equipment, among others.
Officials with the EU also recently met with Taiwanese researchers to discuss collaboration on fighting COVID-19.
Among the actions Taiwan took to control the spread of the virus was stopping all travel from China in the early days of the outbreak and enforcing a mandatory two-week quarantine for all those who recently entered Taiwan.
Other countries around the world, including the United States, also eventually restricted travel from China; Canada, however, still allowed flights from China until recently. Chinas foreign minister praised Canada in early February for not restricting flights from China, and blasted the United States for doing so.
Kolga says Canada should take a more principled stance toward Beijing and not be pressured by business interests to give China—which he says is responsible for enabling the initial outbreak by hiding the facts—a pass on its bad behaviour.
“Canadian corporations who are partnered with Chinese regime-linked firms, such as Huawei, will continue pressuring our government to absorb Beijings propaganda attacks and bully diplomacy and ignore their ongoing mass human rights abuses,” he says.
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