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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on the spread of the novel coronavirus
2020/01/23

Q: Do you think Taiwan's exclusion from the WHO in the current situation in any way impairs its ability to respond to the coronavirus outbreak?Taiwan has called for the WHO to allow space for Taiwan's participation. I wonder if you have any response to that?

A: No one cares more about the health and wellbeing of the people in Taiwan than China's central government does. After the pneumonia outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus took place in Wuhan, the National Health Commission notified the Taiwan region in a timely and promptly manner. From January 13 to 14, as requested by relevant authorities in Taiwan, experts from the Taiwan region went to Wuhan to see our work on prevention and control, medical treatment and pathogen detection. They also had discussions with experts in the mainland who participated in related medical work. The Taiwan experts expressed heartfelt gratitude for the reception they received in the mainland.

As we repeatedly stressed, Taiwan's participation in international organization activities must be arranged in a fair and reasonable manner following the one-China principle after having cross-strait consultations. Based on the arrangement made by China and the WHO, medical experts from the Taiwan region can attend relevant technical meetings at the WHO, and the WHO can send experts to Taiwan to inspect or assist when necessary. The Taiwan region is able to acquire WHO's information on global public health emergencies, and any emergency happening in the Taiwan region can be reported to the WHO in time. Those arrangements ensure that the Taiwan region can handle public health emergencies in a timely and effectively manner regardless of where they may take place.

Q: I wonder if you have an update on whether or not China will impose travel restrictions given the increasing number of foreign countries reporting cases of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus?

A: At this morning's press conference at the State Council Information Office, officials from the National Health Commission gave a thorough account of prevention and control measures concerning the pneumonia outbreak caused by the new coronavirus and answered questions from the press. I have nothing further to update you at the moment.

I'd like to stress that acting with openness, transparency and a high sense of responsibility towards global health security, Chinese authorities shared information of the epidemic with the WHO, relevant nations and China's Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions in a timely manner. While stepping up efforts to contain the outbreak, we will deepen international cooperation and work together with the international community to deal with the epidemic and safeguard regional and global health security.

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