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Taiwan grills WHO over seat at the table as coronavirus spreads

More support comes from global community, but prospect of joining remains dim

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the novel coronavirus in Geneva on Thursday. Taiwan's foreign minister has attacked Ghebreyesus for praising China's efforts to stem transmission of the virus, while refusing to allow Taiwan to join the United Nations agency.    © Reuters

TOKYO/TAIPEI -- Taiwan is becoming more vocal about its position in the world, especially its exclusion from the World Health Organization as deaths and infections mount from the coronavirus.

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, in particular, is sending out provocative messages on social media. Late on Thursday, he targeted WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has openly praised China's efforts to stem the transmission of the virus.

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