Taiwan authority's attempt to seek 'independence' in the name of epidemic 'will never succeed'

The attempt by Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority to use the novel coronavirus outbreak as an excuse to seek "Taiwan independence" will never succeed, Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council warned on Friday. 

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Her response came after Taiwan's legislative body issued a joint statement Friday calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) to allow the island to participate in relevant WHO activities. 

On the premise of the one-China principle, the Chinese mainland has made proper arrangements for Taiwan to take part in global health cooperation, Zhu said, reaffirming that there is no barrier hindering technical cooperation between China's Taiwan and the WHO as health experts in Taiwan can participate in WHO's technical activities in an appropriate capacity. 

Hence, the aim that the DPP authority advocated "Taiwan independence" in the name of the epidemic control is to conduct political manipulation, Zhu said. She slammed the DPP for banking on the epidemic to seek independence, warning that their moves are doomed.