Taiwan counters China’s isolation campaign with mask diplomacy

TAIPEI — Elvin Huang never imagined he’d be a general on the front lines of the global battle against the coronavirus pandemic, but that’s exactly what he is now. As general manager of the medical product company Taiwan Stanch, he’s supplying Taiwan and other countries with an invaluable weapon in this war: surgical masks.

But the masks are dual-use. Not only do they help prevent the spread of the virus in Taiwan, they are helping spread the message that Taiwan can help other countries deal with the pandemic — if the world chooses to engage it without worrying about upsetting

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