Respirator diplomacy of Taiwan

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Respirator diplomacy of Taiwan refers to the exchange of masks between Taiwan and other countries, aimed to help the Global Coronavirus Response.



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President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen visits a mask factory

After the outbreak of COVID-19, the global demand for face masks increased rapidly. By the end of January 2020, the Taiwanese Government pushed out a series of decisions on masks, included export restrictions, forced appropriation and investments, to allow Taiwan to become the second largest mask exporter globally. By March 2020, Taiwan successfully increased its production of face masks from 1.88 million to 10 million units per day, carried out rationing, and became the one of the largest markets for imports second only to Mainland China. [1] [2] In the middle of May, face mask production has increased to 20 million units per day. [3]

It also launched a hospital ship through the Pacific, providing ventilators and masks to nations unable to obtain medical support from other sources, like Palau. [4]

In July 2021, Taiwan donated 150,000 masks to the Brazilian state of Goiás. [5]

Diplomatic endowment

Respirator diplomacy of Taiwan
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On 1 April 2020, President Tsai Ing-wen announced that Taiwan would donate 10 million masks to countries severely affected by the pandemic, including America and Europe, along with any other nation that has established full diplomatic relations with Taiwan. [6]

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According to the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry, as of July 2021, more than 54 million masks had been donated to over 80 countries since early 2020. [5]


Reactions from the European Union

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, send a message on Twitter to thank the contributions made by Taiwan.

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The European Union thanks Taiwan for its donation of 5.6 million masks to help fight the #coronavirus. We really appreciate this gesture of solidarity. This global virus outbreak requires international solidarity & cooperation. Acts like this show that we are #StrongerTogether.

Apr 1, 2020 [7]

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