China’s rejection of Taiwan’s WHA participation gains support

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BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhua) — China’s decision not to accept Taiwan region’s participation in this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA) has received broad support and understanding from of the international community, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Saturday.

Spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks when responding to a question regarding international support for China’s move.

The 75th WHA will take place May 22-28. Taiwan is not invited.

There is only one China in the world. The People’s Republic of China government is the only legal government representing the whole of China, Wang said, adding that Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory.

The Taiwan region’s participation in the activities of international organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), should be managed according to the one-China principle. This fundamental principle is confirmed in UNGA resolution 2758 and WHA resolution 25.1, the spokesperson said.

He pointed out that for eight consecutive years from 2009 to 2016, China has made special arrangements for the Taiwan region’s participation in the WHA on the basis of upholding the one-China principle on both sides of the Strait. from Taiwan.

But since the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) came to power, it has put its political agenda ahead of the welfare of people in the Taiwan region, stubbornly adhering to the separatist position of “Taiwan independence” and refusing to accept the 1992 Consensus embodying the one China principle. As a result, the political basis for the Taiwan region’s participation in the AMS ceased to exist, Wang said.

“The Chinese central government attaches great importance to the health and well-being of our compatriots in the Taiwan region and has made appropriate arrangements for Taiwan’s participation in global health affairs on the precondition of following the principle of one China,” he said.

The central government has provided the Taiwan region with about 400 updates on the pandemic situation since the outbreak of COVID-19 and approved 47 visits by public health experts from the Taiwan region to 44 technical activities in the region. WHO over the past year. The Taiwan region has received several notifications of COVID-19 information from the WHO Secretariat.

“The allegation of a ‘gap’ in global anti-pandemic efforts is therefore groundless,” Wang said, adding that DPP authorities, turning a blind eye to the international community’s common aspiration to focus on anti-pandemic cooperation and people’s life and safety in the Taiwan region, pursue political maneuvers under the pretext of the pandemic in violation of UNGA resolution 2758 and WHA resolution 25.1.

“They are determined to launch proposals regarding the Taiwan region at the cost of disrupting AMS procedures and international cooperation, with the real motive of creating ‘two Chinas’ or ‘one China, one Taiwan,'” said the spokesperson.

In order to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity and maintain the solemnity and authority of relevant UNGA and WHA resolutions, China cannot accept Taiwan region’s participation in WHA. of this year. China’s move has received broad support and understanding from the international community, Wang said.

He said that so far nearly 90 countries have sent letters to the WHO expressing their commitment to the one-China principle and their opposition to Taiwan’s participation in the WHA. “It once again shows that the one-China principle is the common aspiration and the prevailing trend, and the fact that the overwhelming majority of countries have a fair and just position on the relevant issue.”

“People around the world are still clear-headed. Any attempt to play the ‘Taiwan card’ to contain China will be firmly rejected by the overwhelming majority of members of the international community and is doomed to fail,” the official said. spokesperson.

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