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China must stop disrupting Taiwan's handling of COVID-19

When it comes to Beijing, politics motivates everything

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Soldiers prepare to spray disinfectant at the Taoyuan General Hospital on Jan. 19: a cluster of COVID-19 infections at the hospital led to a new wave of attacks by opposition politicians.   © Reuters

J. Michael Cole is a Taipei-based senior fellow with the Global Taiwan Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Ottawa, Canada.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019, the Chinese Communist Party and some of its ideological allies in Taiwan have unremittingly politicized health issues to further Beijing's agenda.

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