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Participation of Taiwan in the activities of international organizations must be dealt with in accordance with the one-China policy
2017/06/12

The following is a letter from Ms. Zeng Rong, Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, refuting a letter carried in the Financial Times on 25th May 2017.

Sir,

The letter “Disease control needs an inclusive approach” (May 25) is misleading. There is a clear difference between the public health interests of the people of Taiwan and the island's participation in the World Health Assembly.

Taiwan is a part of China. The central government of China has always attached great importance to the health and well-being of Taiwan compatriots and has taken a lot of measures to promote health exchanges and cooperation across the Taiwan Straits. On the premise of the one-China principle, China has made proper arrangements for the Taiwan region to participate in global health affairs.

Medical and public health experts of the Taiwan region can attend technical activities of the World Health Organization. When necessary, the WHO can also send staff and technical experts to the island for health and epidemics studies. Through consultations with the WHO, China has also made proper arrangements for the application of the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) in the Taiwan region. Within the framework of the above-mentioned arrangements, an IHR contact point has been set up in Taiwan enabling the region to access information on public health emergencies released by the WHO. The so-called “epidemic prevention gap” simply doesn’t exist.

WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. UN General Assembly Resolution 2758 and WHA Resolution 25.1 provide the legal basis for WHO to follow the one-China principle when dealing with Taiwan’s participation in WHA. That is to say, Taiwan’s participation in WHO activities, including the WHA, must be handled through consultation between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits on the basis of the one-China principle.

From 2009 to 2016, the central government of China agreed to let Taiwan attend the World Health Assembly as an observer in the name of "Chinese Taipei" for eight consecutive years, which was a special arrangement made on the premise of the one-China principle after consensus had been reached through cross-Straits consultations.

After the Democratic Progressive Party came into power in Taiwan, it refused to recognize that the two sides of the Taiwan Straits belong to one China. As a result, the political basis of consultation across the Taiwan Straits has ceased to exist. It is therefore impossible to carry out any further cross-Straits consultations in order to continue the special arrangement of the past 8 years. 

If the Taiwan authorities under the ruling Democratic Progressive Party truly care about the health and well-being of the people of Taiwan, they should return to the right tracks, namely, the one-China policy and the 1992 Consensus, and truly work for the benefit of the people of Taiwan. 

ZENG RONG

Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom

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