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China To Donate $30 Million To WHO After US Halts Funding To The Organization

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A spokesperson for the Chinese government confirmed Thursday that China will donate $30 million to the World Health Organization to aid in its efforts to mitigate the coronavirus crisis.

“China has decided to donate additional $30 million in cash to WHO to support its global fight against #COVID19, in particular strengthening developing countries’ health systems. China already donated $20 million in cash to WHO on March 11,” the official said in a Tweet.

“At this crucial moment, supporting WHO is supporting Multilateralism and Global Solidarity.”

President Donald Trump halted U.S. funding to the WHO last Tuesday and announced an investigation into their alleged ‘mismanagement and cover-up’ of the pandemic.

“Today, I am instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus,” Pres. Trump told the nation during the announcement.

The President had earlier accused the WHO of being “China-centric” after the global body failed to warn the world about the virus early on and even spread misinformation that it wasn’t able to spread from person-to-person.

Further, the WHO advised countries that travel bans wouldn’t be effective in stopping the virus. Medical experts on the President’s Coronavirus Task Force, however, have attributed Trump’s early decision to stop travel from China as a measure that saved lives.

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Taiwan President Confirms US Troops Are In The Country To Help Protect Against China

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During a CNN interview on Wednesday, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed that U.S. troops were on the ground in Taiwan to assist in strengthening the country’s defenses as the threat from China is “increasing every day.”

Tsai told CNN’s Will Ripley that the situation has gone south in recent years as “China’s plan towards the region” has become “very different.”

“That plan includes war threats over Taiwan, clashes with Japan and the East China Sea and militarizing manmade islands in the South China Sea, posing a direct challenge to seven decades of U.S. military supremacy in the Indo-Pacific,” Ripley said. “In response, the U.S. ramped up arms sales to Taiwan, selling the island $5 billion in weapons last year. President Tsai confirms exclusively to CNN, U.S. support goes beyond selling weapons. Does that support include sending some U.S. service members to help train Taiwanese troops?”

“Well, yes,” Tsai responded. “We have a wide range of cooperation with the U.S., aiming at increasing our defense capability.”

Later in the interview, Ripley asked, “Do you have faith that the United States would defend Taiwan if the Mainland were to try to move on Taiwan?”

“I do have faith, and given the long-term relationship that we have the U.S. and also the support the people of the U.S., as well as the Congress, and the administration has been very helpful,” Tsai said, later adding that Taiwan needs to “expedite our military reform so that we have the ability to defend ourselves. And given the size of Taiwan compared to the size of [China], developing asymmetric capability is the key for us.”

Tsai’s comments come a few weeks after China sent over 150 military planes into Taiwanese air space, the largest incursion ever by the Communist country.

“The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that,” Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told ABC Australia in response to China’s aggression.

“If China is going to launch a war against Taiwan we will fight to the end, and that is our commitment. I’m sure that if China is going to launch an attack against Taiwan, I think they are going to suffer tremendously as well.”

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