Chinese opposition keeps Taiwan out of WHO annual assembly.

Chinese opposition keeps Taiwan out of WHO annual assembly.
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Despite Taiwan’s claims that support for its participation was growing, the island was not invited to the World Health Organization’s annual meeting on Monday.

Taiwan was not invited to the annual meeting in Geneva, which takes place from May 21st to the 30th. Although eSwatini and the Marshall Islands advocated for Taiwan’s admission, China and Pakistan urged members to vote no.

China asserts control over Taiwan, claiming that the island is not self-contained, but rather a part of the “one China” ruled by Beijing. Many international organizations refuse to recognize Taiwan because China claims it is not a sovereign nation.

“China lacks authority to speak on Taiwan’s behalf”

Taiwan has slammed China’s decision to deny it membership in the WHO, calling it “contemptible” and claiming that Beijing lacks the authority to speak on the island’s behalf.

“Only Taiwan’s democratically elected government can represent Taiwan’s 23 million people in the WHO and other international organizations and protect Taiwanese people’s health and human rights,” Taiwan’s foreign ministry stated.

“This fully demonstrates that the one-China principle is the aspiration of the people and the trend of the times in the international community and cannot be challenged in any way,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.

According to the ministry, nearly a hundred countries sent special letters to the WHO and issued statements expressing their support for the one-China principle and opposition to Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly prior to the start of the conference.

“China also urges certain countries not to pretend to be confused, to stop politicizing the health issue, to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs under the guise of the Taiwan issue, and to stop the erroneous practice of using Taiwan to control China,” the ministry continued.

Taiwan has claimed that its inability to fully join the WHO has hampered efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the fact that it is permitted to attend some technical WHO meetings.

Taiwan rejects China’s claims of sovereignty, claiming that only Taiwanese citizens can decide the fate of the island.

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