Former Pentagon advisor Jason Israel says China has politicised the pandemic by choosing not to directly help Taiwan in any way it could.
“China will use any diplomatic, or otherwise, tool that it has in order to prevent Taiwan from having that global stage,” Mr Israel said.
“No country’s national interests are being put to the side, countries are just trying to pursue their national interests without making it look like they’re taking advantage of a pandemic.
“In this case, it looks directly like China is allowing the pandemic to continue without directly helping Taiwan.”
His remarks come after the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission released a report called Beijing’s Deadly Game which said China blocked Taiwan from receiving assistance from the World Health Organisation.