TAIPEI, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Taiwan is but to obtain an invitation to a key World Well being Group (WHO) assembly this week anticipated to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic as a consequence of “obstruction” from China, the island’s international ministry stated, expressing its displeasure.
The U.S. mission in Geneva final week urged WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to ask Chinese language-claimed however democratically dominated Taiwan to the WHO’s decision-making physique, the World Well being Meeting (WHA).
Late on Sunday, Taiwan’s International Ministry stated the island had but to get an invitation to the digital assembly of 194 member states.
“The International Ministry expresses sturdy remorse and dissatisfaction at China’s obstruction of Taiwan taking part within the WHO and the WHO’s persevering with to neglect the well being and human rights of Taiwan’s 23.5 million individuals,” it added.
The WHO’s refusal to ask Taiwan primarily based on political issues makes a mockery of the physique’s “well being for all” declare, the ministry stated.
Taiwan is locked out of most international organisations such because the WHO as a result of objections of China, which considers the island one in all its provinces with no proper to the trimmings of a sovereign state.
The WHO says it’s as much as member states whether or not to ask Taiwan, which has been praised internationally for shortly containing the coronavirus, to watch the WHA assembly.
Backed by the USA, Taiwan has stepped up lobbying this 12 months to participate, angering China.
China’s mission to the United Nations in Geneva on Friday denounced the “distorted” U.S. remarks on Taiwan, saying the island can solely participate if it admits to being a part of China, one thing Taipei’s authorities has refused to do.
The WHO says it cooperates with Taiwan on varied well being issues together with on facets of the pandemic and that the island has been supplied with the assistance it wants. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Enhancing by Lincoln Feast.)