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I don't think it's at all likely that this author is consciously making an explosive political claim about Taiwan in a post about epidemiological cartography. If you or anyone thinks otherwise, find some evidence and make a separate submission about it. You could begin by asking the author.

In the absence of additional information, all we're going to get is the same old predictable geopolitical talking points. That's what happens when there's nothing but a single bit of provocation to talk about. That sort of high-indignation, low-information discussion is off-topic on HN.

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