Now, China threatens to halt medical supplies to virus-hit Netherlands

WION Web Team Taipei, Taiwan Apr 30, 2020, 08.20 PM(IST)

China President Xi Jinping Photograph:( Reuters )

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Netherlands is in dire need of medical supplies as it has recorded approximately 39,000 cases of the coronavirus virus and along with 4,811 deaths so far.

China is threatening to stop the medical aid to Netherlands after the country became a victim of the autocratic nation's ire.

Netherlands is in dire need of medical supplies as it has recorded approximately 39,000 cases of the coronavirus virus and along with 4,811 deaths so far.

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But China refuses to help it because Netherlands revised its embassy's name in Taiwan to 'Netherlands office Taipei'.

The country did so to express its gratitude towards Taiwan and its healthcare workers for donating face masks to their country. It has also flown in tulips and stroopwafels to Taiwan.

The decision was made by the Netherlands trade and investment office.

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Guy Wittich, the Dutch representative in Taipei called the new name ''a little bit less, but a lot more''.

However, China did not like the decision as it went against its 'one China' principle'.China and Taiwan have also been at loggerheads with each other with Taiwan claiming itself to be a seperate country and China denying it, its freedom.

For it, Taiwan is its inalienable part and a Chinese republic.The communist country was hellbent on making the brute decision despite giving sermons on its victimhood and lecturing other nations on fairness and responsibilty.

This further sheds light on the hypocritical disposition of the country.

However, the Netherlands embassy in Taiwan has taken down a video that announced the name change after claiming that its ''purpose has been served''.

Meanwhile, the Chinese media reported that the move was destructive to its regional stability and its citizens should avoid Dutch products. It also said to stop visiting the country.

Previously, similar warnings were issued to Australia after it wanted to investigate the origin of coronavirus. 

Similarly, it tried to muzzle free press in Nepal back in February and targeted its local newspapers for questioning Chinese authoritarianism.

China's ambassaor Gui Congyou compared Swedish journalists who were critical of the Chinese regime, to lightweight boxers challenging  heavyweight China.

The Chinese embassy has also been slamming Indian media for the past three months for raising its voice against China.

In all, China is threatening anybody who questions its response. However, it remains unclear for how long will it last.