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MFA: Hyping up the Taiwan-related Proposal at the World Health Assembly Finds No Support

2020/05/20

On May 18, the President of the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) announced that the meeting would not discuss the proposal put forward by a few countries to “invite Taiwan to participate in the WHA as an observer”. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian responded on 19 May that as COVID-19 hits many parts of the world, focusing on international cooperation against the virus has been the common expectation of the majority of WHO member states for the meeting. However, against the strong will of the vast majority of the member states, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities and a few countries have been bent on pushing the Taiwan-related proposal in an attempt to disrupt the proceedings of the Assembly and undermine international cooperation against the virus. It has fully exposed their true intention of putting political considerations above international public health security.

Zhao Lijian pointed out, “The vast majority of WHO member states stay committed to the one-China principle, uphold the authority of the UNGA Resolution 2758, WHA Resolution 25.1, and uphold justice. This is highly appreciated by China.”

He stressed that people in Taiwan are our compatriots, and the central government of China has been taking all necessary measures to ensure their health and well-being. After the start of COVID-19, we invited health experts from the Taiwan region, before inviting anyone else outside the Chinese mainland, to visit Wuhan, Hubei province, and we have given 152 updates on COVID-19 to the Taiwan region.

Based on the one-China principle, the central government of China has made appropriate arrangements for Taiwan’s participation in global health affairs. As a matter of fact, there are no obstacles for Taiwan experts to participate in WHO’s technical activities. Since 2019, a total of 24 health experts in 16 groups from the Taiwan region have taken part in WHO’s technical activities. With an International Health Regulations Contact Point on the island, the Taiwan region has been able to communicate with the WHO in a timely fashion either to obtain from or report to the organization COVID-19 information. As channels of accessing information on epidemic prevention and control are unimpeded and effective, the Taiwan region is well poised to make prompt and effective responses to public health incidents that may take place either on the island or elsewhere in the world.

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