China’s Taiwan Affairs Office not allowing Taiwan citizens to leave deadly coronavirus-affected city
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China has refused Taiwan’s requests to charter planes and bring its citizens home after being trapped in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Taiwan news outlet chinatimes.com reported on Tuesday (Jan. 28).
Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) have requested that Taiwanese trapped in Wuhan, the center of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, be allowed to return home via charter flights, the report said. However, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) has refused the requests, according to the chinatimes.com report.
TAO Spokesman Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光) issued a news release on Tuesday afternoon, stating that China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) received a letter from SEF at 6 p.m. on Monday, the Taiwanese news outlet said. The news release stated that reports of negotiations for the return of Taiwanese in the nation’s media did not reflect the real situation.