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China approves New Zealand to support Taiwan ’s participation in the WHO, a memorandum prevents Taiwan ’s accession

China approves New Zealand to support Taiwan ’s participation in the WHO, a memorandum prevents Taiwan ’s accession


China accused New Zealand of supporting Taiwan ’s accession to the World Health Organization, and asked New Zealand not to make a wrong statement on this issue, so as not to damage relations between the two countries.

With the firm support of the United States, Taiwan has stepped up its lobbying activities to obtain permission to participate as an observer in the World Health Organization meeting next week. China is angry about this.

Because of China ’s opposition, Taiwan has always been excluded from the organization. Taiwan stated that this situation has caused great danger to Taiwan in the prevention and control of the new coronavirus epidemic. Taiwan accuses WHO of succumbing to pressure from China.

New Zealand ’s finance minister and foreign minister said last week that New Zealand supports Taiwan ’s participation in the WHO.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular press conference on Monday (May 11) that New Zealand ’s comments seriously violated the "one China" principle, that is, Taiwan is part of China.

Zhao Lijian said that The Chinese side expresses strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to this, and has made solemn representations to the new side.

Zhao Li insisted: "The one-China principle is the political foundation of China-Singapore relations and the basic guarantee for the rapid development of bilateral relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. China urges New Zealand to strictly abide by the one-China principle and immediately stop wrong words and deeds on issues concerning Taiwan, So as not to damage China-Singapore relations. "

China condemned Taiwan ’s efforts to join the WHO as a political motive, with the goal of promoting Taiwan ’s formal independence.

In Taipei, Taiwan ’s Foreign Minister Wu Zhaoxie said on Monday that a stronger international force is needed to break China ’s monopoly on WHO.

Wu Zhaoxie said that this year's international atmosphere is more conducive to Taiwan's accession, and the WHO Secretariat and China are facing much greater pressure.

From 2009 to 2016 was the stage of harmonious relations between Taiwan and China. During this period, Taiwan attended the WHO Conference as an observer. However, since Tsai Ing-wen was elected president of Taiwan, China has resolutely opposed Taiwan ’s participation in the WHO ’s decision-making body, the WHO General Assembly.

China stated that it has the right to represent Taiwan on the international stage. Both China and WHO claim that they provided Taiwan with necessary assistance and information during the pandemic. Taiwan does not agree with this statement.

Taiwan ’s Foreign Minister Wu Zhaoxie pointed out on Monday that China and WHO signed a secret “Memorandum of Understanding” in 2005, which has a direct impact on Taiwan ’s continued exclusion from WHO.

Wu Zhaoxie said in the Taiwan Legislative Yuan on Monday that although Taiwan has the support of the international community, the possibility of Taiwan participating in the WHO General Assembly this year is still very small. He emphasized that this document in 2005 had a great impact on WHO, and the Taiwanese government did not learn about the existence of this document until recently.

Wu Zhaoxie said that Taipei has not yet been invited to attend this year ’s WHO conference, and that the organization needs more pressure from the international community to change its attitude toward Taiwan.

The Taiwan Freedom Times said that the Memorandum of Understanding signed in July 2005 attributed Taiwan to China, and required Taiwanese medical experts to participate in WHO-related activities with Beijing ’s consent. The memorandum also stipulates that WHO's decision to provide assistance to Taiwan also requires China's consent.

Dutch agency in Taiwan changed its name to Dutch office in Taiwan on April 27, 2020 (Netherlands office in Facebook)

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