Taiwan and China’s brawl puts W.H.O in a dilemma
- China says Taiwan is adequately represented by Beijing and that Taiwan can only take part in the WHO under Beijing's "one China" policy, something Tsai's government will not do.
- Trump sees this as an opportunity to spite China and further denigrate the W.H.O
WHO gets Preferential treatment?
"Only Taiwan's democratically-elected government can represent its people on the world stage, not China"
Taiwan's foreign ministry on Tuesday called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to "cast off" China's restrain during the coronavirus pandemic.
Taiwan is not recognised by the WHO, due to China's objections which considers the island one of its provinces.
The ongoing tuff has created a dangerous gap in the global fight against the coronavirus by incapacitating Taiwan’s efforts in containing the pandemic through aid.
Taiwan believes they have earned the right as an observer in this month's meeting of the WHO's decision-making body, the World Health Assembly (WHA), although there are growing speculations that China will block the move.
Steven Solomon, the WHO's principal legal officer, said on Monday that the WHO recognised the People's Republic of China as the "one legitimate representative of China", in keeping with U.N. policy since 1971, and that the question of Taiwan's attendance was one for the WHO's 194 member states.
Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou, rebuffed W.H.O insisting that the 1971 decision, under which Beijing assumed the U.N. China seat from Taipei, only resolved the issue of who represented China, not the issue of Taiwan, and did not grant China the right to represent Taiwan internationally.
"Only the democratically-elected Taiwanese government can represent Taiwan's 23 million people in the international community," she told reporters.
The WHO should "cast off the Chinese government's control", and let Taiwan fully participate in fighting the virus, Ou said.
"Do not let China's improper political interference become an obstacle to impeding the world's united fight against the virus."
How the gloves came out?
Taiwan attended the World Health Assembly as an observer from 2009-2016 when Taipei-Beijing relations warmed.
But China blocked further participation after the election of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who China views as a separatist, charges she rejects.
Trump sees this as an opportunity to spite China and further denigrate the W.H.O
The U.S. Mission to the UN (USUN) also tweeted in support of Taiwan, saying that barring Taiwan from the UN is an "affront not just to the proud Taiwanese people, but to UN principles." American officials and members of Congress then posted tweets in support of the campaign, including U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator John Barsa, Senator Marco Rubio, and Congressman Michael McCaul.