Taiwan's Mask Diplomacy

Taiwan's Mask Diplomacy

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 1329 , Segment 6

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  • May 6, 2020 8:00 pm
  • 15:33 mins

Guest: Kharis Templeman, Advisor to the Newly-Launched Project on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific at The Hoover Institution, Former Program Manager of the Taiwan Democracy and Security Project, Stanford University.  Taiwan is being admired for its quick and effective response to COVID-19. With a population of 23-million, the island has had only 439 cases of the disease and just six deaths. That’s pretty incredible – especially considering Taiwan’s proximity to mainland China. So, Taiwan is taking advantage of international admiration to boost its status on the global stage – even donating millions of masks to hard-hit countries and circulating the hashtag “TaiwanCanHelp.”But China is not happy about Taiwan’s “mask diplomacy.”

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