The death toll from Saturday's earthquake in Central America, which registered 7.6 on the Richter scale, has climbed to more than 600. The quake also left an estimated 500 to 1,500 people missing and many communities in ruin in El Salvador. Taiwanese may easily empathize with the disaster victims -- given that a little more than a year ago, Taiwan itself was hit by a major earthquake that left more than 2,000 people dead. Despite all-out efforts by the government and NGOs, central Taiwan is still facing obstacles in rebuilding the areas devastated by the 921 earthquake.
\nTaiwan has been among the countries expressing concern and sending rescue teams to El Salvador, one of Taiwan's stable diplomatic allies. Two rescue teams, consisting of a total of 90 people, are now at work there. The Buddhist Compassionate Relief Tzu-chi Foundation
An article on the Nature magazine Web site reports that 22 scientists last month wrote to the daily Dagens Nyheter criticizing Sweden’s no-lockdown response to COVID-19. However, evidence-based analysis shows that a lockdown is not a one-size-fits-all strategy and Sweden is showing the world a sustainable way for everybody to fearlessly live with the virus, which is an inevitable situation that everyone must face and accept for a while. The biggest myth about lockdowns is that they are the only solution when an epidemic worsens. A lockdown is a measure to cordon off a seriously affected area so that people in
On Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) spoke during the opening ceremony of this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA). For the first time in the assembly’s history, attendees, including Xi, had to dial in virtually. Xi made no acknowledgement of the Chinese government’s role in causing the COVID-19 pandemic, nor was there any meaningful apology. Instead, he painted China as a benign force for good and a friend to all nations. Except Taiwan, of course. The address was a reheated version of the speech Xi gave at the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Xi again attempted to step into the