Virus Outbreak: US, China clash over Taiwan at WHO

‘ENGAGE TAIWAN’: China’s delegation to a WHO executive board meeting voiced ’strong dissatisfaction’ over the ‘Taiwan issue,’ while Taipei criticized naming practice

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 07, 2020
By: Staff writer, with Reuters, GENEVA, Switzerland

The US yesterday urged the WHO to “engage directly with Taiwan public health authorities” in the

US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Andrew Bremberg, center, speaks at a news conference at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
Photo: EPA-EFE

fight against the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

“For the rapidly evolving coronavirus, it is a technical imperative that WHO present visible public health data on Taiwan as an affected area and engage directly with Taiwan public health authorities on actions,” US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Andrew Bremberg told the WHO’s executive board.

Japan and the EU appeared to support this.

Japanese Ambassador Ken Okaniwa told the forum: "We should not make a geographical vacuum by creating a situation where a specific region cannot join WHO even as an observer."

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