China has explained its role in blocking Taiwan from attending the recently held World Health Assembly. A statement by the spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Nigeria, Zhang Hang, said that China may have unilaterally blocked Taiwan from attending the organized United Nations function, insisting that the decision was being made by more than 80 countries. Zhang said the decision was made by Chinese allies around the world who believe in a United China that includes Taiwan.
Zhang, in the statement said: “I was surprised to read in a local newspaper an article entitled” Taiwan’s Exclusion from the World Health Assembly Undermines Global Health “by Her Excellency Mary Beth Leonard, US Ambassador to Nigeria, stating that China unfairly blocked Taiwan from participating in the WHA. ” She said Nigerians and everyone else around the world should be interested in what actually happened.
She said: “On May 24, the General Committee and the plenary session of the 74th WHA respectively decided to reject the so-called proposal to ‘invite Taiwan to participate in the WHA as an observer’ presented by certain countries. Can China manage to do this alone? No, in fact, among the 194 members of the World Health Organization, more than 150 countries, including Nigeria, expressed their support for China, and more than 80 countries sent letters to the WHO to express their commitment to the principle of a China alone and its opposition to Taiwan’s participation in the WHA.
She asked, “Were all these countries wrong? Absolutely not.” Zhang said: “WHO is an international organization that only a sovereign country can join. Taiwan is not a sovereign country, it is an inalienable part of China. Resolution 2758 of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in October 1971 and Resolution 25.1 of the WHA in May 1972 had already provided the legal basis for WHO to comply with the one-China principle and recognized Taiwan as part of China. ”
She further said: “The one-China principle is an international consensus and adheres to 180 countries, including the US.
The participation of the Taiwan region in the AMS should be managed according to the one-China principle and through cross-strait consultations. The authorities in office in the Taiwan region since 2016 stubbornly adhered to the separatist position of “Taiwan independence” and refused to acknowledge that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to the same China. As a result, the political basis for the Taiwan region to participate in WHA has ceased to exist. ”
Zhang added that: “Based on the one-China principle, the Central Government of China has made appropriate arrangements for the participation of the Taiwan region in global health affairs. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the Central Government of China has sent 260 notifications about COVID-19 to the Taiwan region. Health experts from the Taiwan region have participated in 16 WHO technical activities.
“The WHO Secretariat briefed health experts in the Taiwan region on information about the pandemic several times. The so-called “international epidemic prevention gap” does not exist, nor do experts in the Taiwan region lack channels and platforms to share response and control practices with others. ”
However, he said that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the world, it is time for responsible members of the international community to show solidarity, rather than politicize health problems and interfere with the internal affairs of others. countries.