Taiwan blamed China for its continued exclusion from a crucial annual World Health Assembly (WHA) this week.
On the first day of the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA), the 194 member states of the United Nations health agency decided once again not to even debate whether or not Taiwan should be allowed to participate.
This year’s assembly will discuss the revamp of the organization and the entire global approach to health in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, Taiwan, which had one of the best pandemic responses in the world, is still locked out for the fifth year in a row.
This is because of the one-China policy, under which countries recognize only the People’s Republic of China as an independent state with which they maintain formal relations.
“Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Assembly deprives the Taiwanese people of key health information, expertise, and the opportunity to contribute to the health of people across the world,” Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen said.
Taiwan has previously criticized international organizations for excluding it from discussions.
According to several studies, Taiwan is one of the top five countries that effectively responded to the COVID-19 pandemic since it has maintained a positive economic outlook, with authorities emphasizing health concerns.
Taiwan recently experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases, prompting it to bar foreigners from entering the country and place several areas under lockdown — actions that have earned the praise of other countries.