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Taiwan’s first batch of aid from COVID-19 leaves for India

Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu attends a press conference for foreign journalists in Taipei, Taiwan, April 7, 2021. REUTERS / Ann Wang

Taiwan’s first batch of aid to India, which is helping it fight the growing rise in COVID-19 infections, left for New Delhi on Sunday, consisting of 150 oxygen concentrators and 500 oxygen cylinders, the Taiwan Foreign Ministry said.

Countries around the world are rushing to help India alleviate the crisis. India registered more than 400,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time on Saturday as it battled a devastating second wave. Read more

Taiwan’s foreign ministry said a shipment of aid left on a China Airlines cargo plane (2610.TW) on Sunday morning would be received by the Indian Red Cross.

Taiwan will continue to provide assistance as needed, she added.

“These oxygen concentrators and cylinders are love from Taiwan. More help is expected for our friends in India. #IndiaStayStrong!” Foreign Minister Joseph Wu tweeted.

An oxygen concentrator reduces nitrogen from the air supply to produce oxygen-enriched air for the patient.

While India, like most countries, has no official diplomatic ties with China-claimed Taiwan, the two have become closer in recent years thanks to their common antipathy to Beijing.

Taiwan sees India as an important supporter of democracy and a friend, and has close cultural and economic ties.

Last year, Taiwan accused Beijing of trying to impose censorship on India after the Chinese embassy in New Delhi advised local journalists to follow the “one China” principle after advertisements in newspapers marking Taiwan’s National Day.

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