The US asked WHO to invite a Taiwan meeting despite Chinese objections
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The US asked WHO to invite a Taiwan meeting despite Chinese objections

US requests WHO to invite Taiwan meeting despite Chinese objections - 1

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (Image: Getty)

The US on May 6 called on WHO to overcome pressure from China and invite Taiwan to join the World Health Conference (WHO) to discuss and exchange experiences on the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I call on WHO Director-General Tedros (Adhanom Ghebreyesus) to invite Taiwan to participate in this month’s WHA because he has the right to do so, and his predecessors have done it many times,” he said. Milke Pompeo said.

This year’s WHA session is scheduled for May 18-19. This is an important annual meeting of WHO.

In addition, Pompeo also called on all countries “to support Taiwan to participate as observers at the WHA and related events of United Nations organizations.”

Earlier, China on May 2 accused Washington of “meddling in the internal situation” by supporting Taiwan as an observer at WHO and joining the WHA. China considers Taiwan a province and claims to be ready to use any means to bring the island back to the mainland, including by force.

China then warned that the US’s public support for Taiwan could undermine the “atmosphere of cooperation” at a time when the parties needed solidarity.

Taiwan is one of the most effective places where the anti-epidemic of Covid-19 has occurred, with a few hundred cases and 6 deaths. They also support masks and other equipment for many places around the globe.

The State Department on 6/5 did not answer the question of whether it will join the WHA this year after President Trump mid-last month announced a cut of the WHO funding budget regarding its response. with disease in the last few months.

Trump accused the organization of being “biased” in China and delaying its response to the Covid-19 epidemic.

A spokesperson for the US State Department on April 9 accused WHO of putting politics on top of ignoring Taiwan’s warnings about the disease situation in China.

Previously, Taiwan had warned WHO from December 31, 2019 about the risk of human-to-human transmission of Covid-19. However, according to the US side, in the January 14 notice, the WHO said that there was no evidence that germs could be transmitted from person to person.

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