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台灣,不能說的名字?

2020/4/22 — 18:35

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Let Taiwan into the WHO and stop indulging Beijing – lives depend on it
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【文:黃之鋒、鄺頌晴】

當全世界各國都忙住應對武漢肺炎之時,中國就忙住 attention seeking — 發動輿論機器淡化自己嘅責任、要求各國多謝自己嘅「貢獻」同「努力」。中國政府除咗呢啲之外,仲好努力要防止其他國家被國際社會讚賞,尤其係台灣,搶走自己嘅光環。

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台灣近日經法蘭克福機場空運咗 10 萬個口罩去歐洲,希望幫助其他國家度過疫情。但當德國政府發言人 Steffen Seibert 和外交部發言人 Maria Adebahr 在聯邦新聞記者會上,被問及此事嘅時候,佢哋避免提到「台灣」呢兩個字,反而係話感謝「其他國家」提供口罩俾佢哋。之後記者追問兩位,驚激嬲共產黨係咪佢哋唔肯講「台灣」嘅原因,佢哋分別以「唔察覺有咁樣嘅情況」同「無辦法回應呢種空泛嘅問題」作回應。

呢位德國官員嘅行為同回應令我諗起早前港台訪問世界衛生組織 Bruce Aylward 嘅事。當時港台嘅記者透過視像通話,問 Bruce Aylward 會唔會重新考慮畀台灣參與世衛,Bruce Aylward 表示唔係好收到,希望記者落下一條問題。記者於是再重新一次問題,Bruce Aylward 嘅回應係收線。

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即使台灣明顯防疫工作做得相當出色,亦都好慷慨地向其他國家伸出緩手,但好多人都怕公開討論呢樣嘢,因為佢哋都怕激嬲中國。台灣之所以唔使用非常高壓嘅手段都可以成功防疫,係因為佢對中國嘅不信任,一早採取行動。但因為中國唔願意畀台灣加入世衛,令到台灣無辦法透過制度上最有效嘅方法,向其他國家分享自己嘅經驗。同一時間,世衛反而係不斷叫其他成員國向中國學習,高度讚揚中國嘅高壓封城、監控手段,更加指責台灣「種族歧視」 Tedros。

如果台灣可以透過世衛向世界分享佢嘅防疫經驗,會發生咩事?咁做當然係打中國面打到啪啪聲,但其實呢個形勢下,我哋唔應該去考慮中國會唔會玻璃心碎一地,因為唔係中國一路隱瞞同講大話,疫情唔會發展今日不可收拾嘅地步。如果台灣可以透過世衛、透過分享防疫檢驗,可以做到嘅係拯救其他國家嘅人嘅性命。

台灣運到歐洲嘅口罩,係台灣响自己能力範圍內响其他國家提供協助,擔當起一個國家嘅責任嘅體現。台灣唔係想要其他國家嘅感謝或者讚美,我諗佢哋都好清楚冇國家、冇人會冒住得罪中國嘅風險去公開多謝佢哋。但相反地,中國唔單止講大話、一手一腳將疫情輸出去其他國家、賣一啲質素極差嘅醫療用品同個人保護裝備比其他國家、透過疫症獲得更多嘅政治籌碼,仲期望其他國家會對佢嘅好帶挈歌功頌德。

德國官員怕得罪中國而唔敢多謝台灣真係好難睇。中國其實好應該為自己嘅所作所為感到羞愧,國際社會亦都唔應該在繼續縱容中國,尤其係呢種縱容嘅代價係要付出國民嘅性命。

#國際戰線 #眾志國際連結

Let Taiwan into the WHO and stop indulging Beijing – lives depend on it

As the world is busy helping each other out of the pandemic, China has been just as busy with attention-seeking behaviour – requesting expressions of gratitude from other countries whilst also engaging in a sinister disinformation and propaganda campaign. Beijing is very determined to keep all the spotlight on itself, ensuring that no-one else – especially Taiwan – takes any praise from the international community.

A million face masks from Taiwan arrived at Frankfurt airport last week to help ease the burden of the pandemic. However, when Cabinet spokesman Steffen Seibert and Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr were confronted with questions from reporters, they avoided naming Taiwan as one of the countries helping out. Instead, they thanked “other countries” for supplying masks.

When a journalist asked whether Beijing was behind their decision not to name Taiwan, Adebahr said she was unaware of any such situation, while Seibert added he was unable to say anything about the reporter’s enquiry.

Such behaviour reminds us of when Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK aired an interview with Bruce Aylward, the WHO advisor who spoke to journalist Yvonne Tong via a video call. Tong asked whether the WHO would reconsider letting Taiwan participate, but she received a long silence from Aylward, who then said he couldn’t hear the question. As Tong asked pressed him, Aylward hung up on her.

Despite Taiwan’s apparent success in responding to the outbreak and its generosity in seeking to help, many remain afraid to engage with Taipei because they know it would upset China. Taiwan’s success stems from its distrust towards China – it was able to avoid a massive outbreak without much panic in society. However, because Beijing objects to Taiwan taking part in the WHO, it is unable to provide support within the system. At the same time, the WHO is calling for the world to learn from China, to learn from its harsh confinement and surveillance, all whilst claiming Taiwan is “racist” for criticising its director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Imagine if Taiwan were able to make use of the WHO as a platform to share its experience with the world – what would happen? Of course, it would be a slap in the face for China. But no one should care about China’s insecurities at this point. Allowing Taiwan into the WHO could save tens of thousands of lives from a virus which – in case anyone forgot – came from China and grew into a pandemic because of Beijing’s lies.

The masks Taiwan sent were an effort at providing humanitarian assistance. Taiwan shoulders its duties as global player and does not await statements of gratitude, because it knows too well that countries dare not say “thank you.” On the contrary, China has sold masks of poor quality and does not stand in solidarity with the world – it initially denied the existence of the virus and it expects the world to rejoice at its propaganda and show gratitude.

It is pathetic to receive aid from Taiwan but refuse to acknowledge them out of fear of upsetting Beijing. China ought to be upset and ashamed about what it did and continues to do. It is time that the world stopped indulging China, especially when this indulgence leads to a loss of lives.

Joshua Wong is the secretary-general of the Demosistō pro-democracy group. Glacier Kwong is the spokesperson for Keyboard Frontline.

 

This article was originally published on Hong Kong Free Press.

 

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