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Taiwan Evacuation: Beijing Rejected Taiwan’s Request – January 28

After the city of Wuhan imposed a lockdown on January 23, 2020The Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council contacted the mainland government about the option of evacuating Taiwan citizens from Wuhan. The Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, State Council didn’t give specific response. Its spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated on January 28 that, “Taiwan friends have received proper care. … The Hubei Taiwan Affairs Office and the Wuhan Taiwan Affairs Office will continue to provide care and support to the Taiwan people in Hubei, especially those in Wuhan.”

1. Excerpt in Chinese:

自武汉23日封城以来,陆委会曾经通过台海两岸既有管道向中国政府探询可能的处理方式,但中国国台办只说,已收到台湾方面的来函,当地台胞也获得“妥善照顾”,但并没有对陆委会的探询做出具体回复。

中国国台办发言人马晓光当天(28日)表示,大陆海峡交流协会已经在前一天下午6点收到台湾海基会来函,不过对台湾方面提到“已就各种管道与对岸协调,包括与海协会沟通协商”的说法是“与事实情况不符”。

马晓光说,自新型冠状病毒感染的疫情发生以来,在湖北的台胞得到妥善照顾。根据湖北台办的了解,到1月27日下午并没有发现有台胞染病的情况。他还说,湖北省台办、武汉市台办会继续根据防疫需要,对在湖北,特别是在武汉的台北予以关心和照顾,并解决他们遇到的困难和问题。

Source: Voice of America, January 31, 2020
https://www.voachinese.com/a/rubio-outrageous-at-china-for-refusing-to-allow-taiwan-evacuate-citizens-in-wuhan-due-to-virus-20200130/5267228.html

2. U.S. Senator Rubio Tweeted:

Source: Twitter, January 29, 2020