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Spokesperson of Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning the Open Letter by some MEPs Calling for Taiwan's Participation in the World Health Assembly

Q: It is reported that Urmas Paet and some other MEPs signed an open letter calling on EU health ministers to push the World Health Organization to invite Taiwan to participate in the upcoming World Health Assembly as an observer. What is your comment?

A: Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly shall be handled under the one-China principle. This is a fundamental principle enshrined in UNGA Resolution 2758 and WHA Resolution 25.1. Under the one-China principle, the Chinese central government has made proper arrangements for the Taiwan region's participation in global health affairs, which ensures that the region can promptly and effectively respond to local and global public health emergencies. For years, the WHA and its majority members have rejected the Taiwan-related proposals put forward by a handful of countries, speaking volumes about the broad international consensus on the one-China principle. China firmly opposes the attempt of some MEPs to push for Taiwan’s participation in this year’s WHA.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the Taiwan authorities led by the Democratic Progressive Party, regardless of the global cooperation against the virus, have gone out of its way to engage in political manipulation and playing up the so-called Taiwan’s participation in WHO and WHA. Their real intention is to push for Taiwan’s “independence” by politicizing public health issues. We hope those MEPs could see the real issue, reject the political plots of the separatist forces seeking Taiwan’s “independence”, and refrain from disrupting the proper function of the WHA. We hope they could act in a way that is genuinely more helpful to the global response to the pandemic and to the growth of China-EU relations.

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