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Taiwan accuses China of fueling row over attacks on WHO chief

Online 'apologies' posted by mainland trolls, Taipei says

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the coronavirus outbreak in Geneva on March 16.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Operatives in mainland China attempted to paint Taiwan as the source of online abuse against the head of the World Health Organization, Taiwanese authorities said Friday, as the coronavirus pandemic spotlights cross-strait tensions.

A flurry of tweets purporting to apologize on behalf of Taiwan for attacks on WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus are strongly suspected to have come from China, according to Chang Yu-jen, head of the information security department of Taiwan's Investigation Bureau.

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