The leader of the World Health Organisation has gone on a bizarre rant attacking Taiwan while claiming to be the victim of racist comments and death threats.
WHO general manager Tedros Adhanom was responding to calls he should resign for failing to condemn China’s role in covering up the coronavirus crisis which has since killed more than 87,000 people.
“This (racial) attack came from Taiwan,” he said.
“We need to be honest. I will be straight today. From Taiwan.
“And Taiwan, the Foreign Ministry also, they know the campaign. They didn’t disassociate themselves. They even started criticizing me in the middle of all that insult and slur, but I didn’t care.”
Sky News Australia revealed yesterday Mr Adhanon was blocking the release of the names of doctors who voted against declaring a global health emergency in late January, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths.
Two days prior to that decision Mr Adhanom was photographed happily smiling with Chinese dictator Xi Jinping.
China was at that stage lobbying the world, Including Australia, not to implement economically devastating travel bans.
US President Donald Trump has also threatened to withdraw funding from the WHO and formally investigate the body he described as being “China centric”.
Mr Adhanom and the WHO drew global criticism two weeks ago when one of its senior doctors awkwardly dodged questions about Taiwan, an independent country China regards as a rebel region which must be reunited with the mainland.
The exchange has been condemned as evidence the WHO is heavily influenced by China.
Mr Adhanom did not respond directly to criticisms he mishandled the crisis and instead when on a tirade about racism.
“I can tell you personal attacks that have been going on for more than two, three months. Abuses, or racist comments, giving me names, black or Negro,” he said in Geneva.
“I’m proud of being black, proud of being Negro.
“I don’t care, to be honest … even death threats. I don’t give a damn.”