UN aviation agency blocks critics of Taiwan policy on Twitter

Date: Jan 27, 2020
By: Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian

Staff members of China Airlines wear respirator masks at Songshan International Airport in Taipei, Jan. 22. Photo: Walid Berrazeg/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has blocked numerous Twitter accounts — including ones belonging to Capitol Hill staffers and D.C.-based analysts — after facing online criticism for excluding Taiwan from membership.

Why it matters: Taipei is an international transit hub, and Taiwan's exclusion means it can't take part in information sharing and logistical planning as the coronavirus spreads.

Context: China views Taiwan as part of its sovereign territory, and it has systematically pushed the self-governing island out of most international and intergovernmental organizations, including ICAO, which is led by Fang Liu, a Chinese national.    [FULL  STORY]

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