The United States provided Taiwan with an additional 1.5 million Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in addition to the first 2.5 million doses in June.
“Our donations reflect our commitment to vibrant democracy, our dear partners and our trusted friends,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price. It states in. twitter On Sunday morning.
Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the United States, Hsiao Bi-Koto, received the vaccine on behalf of the government before leaving Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport in Kentucky, the CNA reported. The new donation will arrive in Taiwan on November 1st by China Airlines plane, according to a Sunday announcement by the American Institute of Taiwan.
On his recent arrival, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen thanked Washington for its continued support to prove “the strength of the bilateral partnership,” according to Tsai Ing-wen.
#Taiwan Is deeply grateful to the US Government for the latest donation of 1.5 million Moderna doses. Our friends in the United States have had to provide Taiwan with a total of 4 million vaccinations so far, demonstrating the strength of our bilateral partnership. pic.twitter.com/9wM8pt0nrK
— Tsai Ing-wen Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) October 31, 2021
Nameless Biden administration official Told Reuters, “Our vaccine is not tied”, was not donated to “secure benefits or draw concessions”. The statement spotlighted Beijing’s attempt to strengthen geopolitical influence around the world through strong vaccine diplomacy, for example by leveraging Huawei 5G transactions.
China’s communist government, which claimed Taiwan as its own country and vowed to take over military power, accused international support for the island nation of interfering with “domestic affairs.”
Nonetheless, many countries, such as Japan, Lithuania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Poland, are strengthening their ties with autonomous democratic islands by allocating vaccines to Taiwan amid the surge in domestic COVID-19. I have.
Japan, a neighboring country of Taiwan, has vaccinated more than 4.2 million times and made six donations to the island. Taipei announced..
Like most countries that do not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the United States is wary of rising tensions with Beijing. President Joe Biden’s administration has vowed to strengthen relations with the island, which Washington is required to provide defensive measures under US law.
Tsai confirmed on October 28 that US troops were stationed in Taiwan for the first time in 40 years and said he was confident that the United States would protect the autonomous island in the event of an attack by China.
“Given that we have a long-term relationship with the United States, I have faith,” she says. Told to CNN In an interview aired on October 27th.
On October 31, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed concern over the growing military harassment of Beijing against Taiwan in a face-to-face meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Reuters contributed to this report.