posted on Apr, 6 2003 @ 11:15 PM
Vice president slams China's handling of SARS, likens disease to World War III
By Lin Mei-chun
Monday, Apr 07, 2003,Page 3
Vice President Annette Lu (ßf®q‡¨) yesterday accused the Chinese government of having trampled human rights by concealing the outbreak of severe acute
respiratory syndrome (SARS) in China, and described the international spread of the disease as "World War III."
While the government is scrambling to contain the spread of the deadly disease, the vice president described Taiwanese businessmen working in China as
the most likely to carry the illness to Taiwan.
Lu was in Taoyuan to attend a women's gathering when she for the first time spoke publicly about the fatal illness.
Comparing the severity of the disease to "the eruption of World War III," Lu said money was such a major concern for businessmen, that it prompted
them to invest in China because their profits in Taiwan were not enough.
"[But after all,] what is more important in this pursuit? Making money, or saving lives?" Lu asked.
A strong critic of China, Lu denounced Beijing as deliberately covering up the outbreak in China, allowing the disease to spread out-of-control.
No SARS-related deaths have been reported in Taiwan thus far, although about 120 suspected cases have been reported, 19 of which are considered
So far, 20 countries internationally have reported suspected cases, but China has been the most severely affected by far.
According to the Web site of the World Health Organization, 1,220 cases have been reported in China by Saturday, of which 49 have been fatal.
Having earlier advocated for spiritual reform, Lu again called for the pursuit of "spiritual wealth," saying she wondered whether the spread of the
disease was God's way of punishing modern people, who focused excessively on material comfort.
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