Taiwan is but to obtain an invitation to a key World Health Organization (WHO) assembly this week anticipated to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of “obstruction” from China, the island’s overseas ministry stated, expressing its displeasure.
The U.S. mission in Geneva final week urged WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to ask Chinese-claimed however democratically dominated Taiwan to the WHO’s decision-making physique, the World Health Assembly (WHA).
Late on Sunday, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry stated the island had but to get an invitation to the digital assembly of 194 member states.
“The Foreign Ministry expresses strong regret and dissatisfaction at China’s obstruction of Taiwan participating in the WHO and the WHO’s continuing to neglect the health and human rights of Taiwan’s 23.5 million people,” it added.
The WHO’s refusal to ask Taiwan based mostly on political concerns makes a mockery of the physique’s “health for all” declare, the ministry stated.
Taiwan is locked out of most international organisations such because the WHO because of the objections of China, which considers the island one in every of its provinces with no proper to the trimmings of a sovereign state.
The WHO says it’s as much as member states whether or not to ask Taiwan, which has been praised internationally for shortly containing the coronavirus, to watch the WHA assembly.
Backed by the United States, Taiwan has stepped up lobbying this yr to participate, angering China.
China’s mission to the United Nations in Geneva on Friday denounced the “distorted” U.S. remarks on Taiwan, saying the island can solely participate if it admits to being a part of China, one thing Taipei’s authorities has refused to do.
The WHO says it cooperates with Taiwan on varied well being issues together with on points of the pandemic and that the island has been supplied with the assistance it wants.
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