(NewsReady.com) – President Donald Trump has put forward a draft proposal to include Taiwan in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) upcoming assembly. The move is seen as a long-overdue recognition of the country’s status as a democracy. Some also view it as a pushback against communist Chinese influence, and a rebuke to the WHO for its pro-China behavior.
Chinese communists have long refused to accept Taiwan’s membership in the WHO and other international organizations; they argue the country is a “renegade province” of China, not an independent nation.
The WHO has obediently followed this line and it’s had tragic consequences.
Join us to #TweetforTaiwan's inclusion at the upcoming World Health Assembly so #Taiwan can bring its incredible expertise to the fight against #Covid19. The world needs Taiwan in this fight! Tell @WHO that it is time for Taiwan to be heard.
— IO Bureau @ State (@State_IO) May 1, 2020
Taiwanese health authorities warned early on the coronavirus was highly infectious. The WHO didn’t acknowledge that. Instead, at the time, the organization repeated Chinese propaganda and said there was no evidence of it spreading from person to person. Now the Trump administration has had enough. It wants to hold China to account, and acceptance of Taiwan looks like one of the concessions America is demanding.
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