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US urges WHO to invite Taiwan to meeting

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On Wednesday, the United States demanded the World Health Organization (WHO) to resist the Chinese pressure and to invite Taiwan to its annual meeting, which will discuss the situation of the coronavirus pandemic.

Taiwan’s Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung on Wednesday told, “The WHO is excluding us from participation because of pressure from China.”

China, a member of the UN Security Council, still considers Taiwan its province, awaiting reunification.

The “One China principle” by Beijing states that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China, thus blocking the government of Taiwan from participating in the UN and its organs.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is an organ of the United Nations, among others.

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China’s membership on the UN Security Council is irrevocable, also has veto powers on UN affairs.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said, “I want to call on all nations, including those in Europe, to support Taiwan’s participation as an observer at the World Health Assembly and other relevant United Nations venues.”

“I also call upon WHO Director-General Tedros to invite Taiwan to observe this month’s WHA, as he has the power to do, and as his predecessors have done on multiple occasions.”

Taiwan’s invitation to the World Health Assembly is merited, as the country became a model for its swift response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The country, as of this writing, has only recorded 439 persons infected with the coronavirus, also 339 recoverees, and 6 deaths.

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