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Only Taiwan answers when Palau asks for help amid COVID-19 pandemic

Palau's Representative to the United Nations, Ngedikes Olai Uludong, expressed her thanks to Taiwan on Thursday (April 2), saying Taiwan has been the only country to come to Palau's aid during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

"Palau has been asking the global community for help, and no one responded expect Taiwan! Thank you so much. Friends indeed!" Uludong said

Palau, one of four countries in the South Pacific that maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan, has not recorded any COVID-19 cases to date, though an American national who visited Palau in early March displayed symptoms of the disease when she arrived.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesperson Joanne Ou said "Taiwan will continue to help our allies with epidemic prevention needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and put into practice the government's slogan 'Taiwan Can Help, and Taiwan is Helping."

President Tsai Ing-wen pledged to donate 10 million surgical face masks to countries seriously affected by the pandemic, with one million set to be given to Taiwan's 15 diplomatic allies.

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