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The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council on Friday denounced Taiwan’s separatist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for attacking and slandering the Chinese mainland and Taiwan firms and compatriots in the mainland instead of focusing on its burning issues: containing the spread of COVID-19 in the island and tackling local people’s practical needs.

The DPP continues to smear the mainland; they do not let go of any topic, and constantly fabricate lies to antagonize compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits, said Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.

“Have the DPP said or done anything good for Taiwan firms and compatriots, or mainland students in the island?” asked Zhu. “All they have done for cross-Straits relations is making vicious remarks and provocations.”

The DPP should focus on resolving urgent issues concerning the interests and well-being of the people in Taiwan, including how to meet the local demand for masks, how to bring Taiwan people stranded in Hubei with their families home as soon as possible, and how to effectively control the spread of the virus. 

Creating lies and inciting hatred will not solve these problems or divert the public’s attention away from them, Zhu said, calling on the DPP to cease its political lies and rumors. 

The mainland has been promptly sharing information on the virus situation and its prevention and control experience with relevant authorities in Taiwan since the outbreak began. It has taken care of Taiwan compatriots in the mainland and assisted those who wished to return to Taiwan. Meanwhile, Taiwan people and firms have actively donated funds and supplies needed for the prevention and control of the virus, showing the two sides of the Taiwan Straits are one family, Zhu said. 

On Thursday, The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council for making racist comments online about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) director-general. The DPP was also accused of utilizing COVID-19 as a political tool to undermine the one-China principle and join the WHO.

Global Times