MOFA: Taiwan-related proposal to WHA doomed to fail
Updated 08:44, 10-Nov-2020

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday that a Taiwan-related proposal made to the World Health Assembly (WHA) was doomed to fail.

"It showed that the one-China policy cannot be shaken," Wang said in a statement. 

The Taiwan region was not invited to the virtual assembly, which is focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Wang stressed that in the context of the ongoing global spread of COVID-19, focusing on international cooperation against the pandemic is the common expectation of the majority of WHO member states for this meeting.

However, the DPP authorities and some countries are bent on pushing the Taiwan-related proposal and violated UNGA Resolution 2758 and WHA Resolution 25.1 in an attempt to disrupt the proceedings of the assembly and undermine international cooperation against the pandemic, he added. 

"It fully exposes their true intention of putting political considerations above international public health security," Wang stressed. 

The central government has attached great importance to the health and well-being of Taiwan compatriots, he said.

"Since the outbreak of the pandemic, we have kept Taiwan updated on the prevention and control work on many occasions and made appropriate arrangements for Taiwan's participation in global health affairs," he said.

The Taiwan region has set up a contact point for the International Health Regulations (IHR), and the mechanism and channel for information exchange with the WHO and other countries is sound, he said.