Taipei resists Beijing’s vaccine diplomacy aimed at isolating the island nation

Taiwan said on April 7 when countries helped by supplying the COVID-19 vaccine to diplomatic allies that helped prevent the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from invading the island nation. Taiwan said Beijing is using a pandemic to force the island nation’s allies to leave in exchange for the vaccine.

Paraguay, Taiwan’s only diplomatic ally in South America, Said On March 22, a Chinese vaccine maker broker told the state that if they wanted to get the COVID-19 vaccine from China, they would have to leave Taiwan.

Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, Said On Wednesday, India shipped 100,000 doses of COVAXIN vaccine to Paraguay, with plans to ship another 100,000 doses in the future. Paraguay has a population of 7.2 million.

“The most important trends are the Government of India, which is willing to help, and the United States, which has decided to help,” Wu said. “I think this will ease a lot of pressure in many countries.”

Vaccine diplomacy is not the only method Beijing authorities are trying to use to quarantine Taiwan.

Palau President of the Western Pacific, Slanger Whips, Said This week’s video call AFP called for Taiwan to stop recognizing by making frequent cell phone calls when it ran for the 2020 elections. “It [The phone] It will ring about 16 times, “whisper said.

Although Taiwan is virtually an independent country, the Chinese Communist Party claims ownership of the island and puts pressure on it from all directions.

Since December 2016, Beijing has moved seven countries from the alliance with Taiwan: Sao Tome and Principe, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Solomon Islands and Kiribati.

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Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Wu will speak at a press conference held in Taipei, Taiwan on November 22, 2019. (SamYeh / AFP via Getty Images)

Countering CCP Vaccine Diplomacy

The Chinese administration is using the COVID-19 vaccine as a compulsory diplomatic tool.

On March 19, the State Council’s ministry-level agency, the China International Development Cooperation Agency, announced that China is providing vaccines to 80 countries and three international organizations.

“If you look at the vaccinated countries of China, such as Brazil, Chile and El Salvador, I think they have a big impact on diplomatic allies,” Wu said.

The Chinese administration argued that there was no political pursuit behind vaccination diplomatic efforts and said it would like to vaccinate people with kindness.

However, there are not enough vaccines for Chinese. Bloomberg reported on April 8 that the Chinese Communist Party wants to vaccinate about 40% of its population, or 560 million people, by the end of June, but they are facing a supply shortage.

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Healthcare professionals are preparing to receive the COVID-19 CoronaVac vaccine developed by the Chinese Sinovac company at the Centip Sports Ground temporary clinic in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 7, 2021. (MladenAntonov / AFP via Getty Images)

Faced with multiple challenges from Beijing, the United States, India, Japan and Australia will work together at the first quad summit in March to inoculate up to one billion COVID-19 vaccines across Asia by the end of 2022. Was decided.

Experts say India has emerged as an alternative to China’s vaccine supply chain, with the larger agenda of an informal strategic forum to build a democratic coalition against authoritarian governments appearing in vaccine partnerships. He said he was.

“They promise to expand and accelerate the production of safe, accessible and effective vaccines in India, partnering at each stage to ensure that the vaccine will be delivered throughout the Indo-Pacific region by 2022. “We did,” Healthcare Executive and Author Joe Chalil told the Epoch Times, “Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Imagine a Better World by Changing the Future of Healthcare.”

The partnership includes helping Australia provide vaccines to hard-to-reach communities in Southeast Asia and donating $ 77 million. Australia has already pledged $ 407 million for vaccine supply and security to ensure full vaccine coverage for nine Pacific island countries and East Timor.

The White House said, “Japan will support vaccination programs in developing countries, such as vaccine purchases and cold chain support, including $ 41 million in grant aid and new concessional yen loans. , Includes collaboration and support with COVAX. “

Taiwan currently has 15 allies.they is Tuvalu in the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, and Asia Pacific. Holy Society of Europe; Eswatini in Africa; Belize, Republic of Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Republic of Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Venus Upadhayaya contributed to this report.