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Spokesperson on WHA's rejection to the proposal of "inviting the Republic of China(Taiwan) to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer"

2000-11-15 00:00
Q:The 53rd World Health Assembly on May 15 rejected to the request by Honduras and some other countries of making a supplementary item on the Assembly's agenda their proposal of "inviting the Republic of China(Taiwan) to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer". What's your comment on that?

A: On May 15, The 53rd World Health Assembly decided by consensus not to include in the agenda of the Assembly the proposal by a small number of countries like Honduras of "inviting the Republic of China (Taiwan) to attend the World Health Session as an observer", which once again frustrated the attempt by the Taiwan Authorities to get into the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Only sovereign states are entitled to become its members and participate in its activities. As a province of China, Taiwan is not qualified to participate in WHO activities, nor is it in any position to attend WHA in whatever name. The essence of the proposal of "inviting the Republic of China (Taiwan) to attend the WHA" is an attempt to create in the world "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan". This has violated the relevant resolutions on the UN General Assembly and WHA and basic norms governing international laws, which is firmly opposed to by the Chinese Government and people.

The question of Taiwan is an internal affair of China. No foreign countries have the right to interfere. The Chinese Government resolutely opposes political activities by any person to split the motherland under the pretext of public health issues. We are confident that the just cause of the Chinese Government and people of safeguarding state sovereignty and territorial integrity will continue to enjoy understanding and support of countries and peoples in the world that uphold justice.
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