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Japan urges Taiwan's participation in WHO assembly

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Japan on Tuesday urged the World Health Organization to allow Taiwan to join its plenary sessions as an observer to discuss the global response to the new coronavirus pandemic.

"Consideration should be given to regions which successfully embraced COVID-19 in terms of public health response, such as Taiwan," Japanese health minister Katsunobu Kato told a videoconference session of the U.N. body.

"I would like to state we should not leave any geographical vacuums in addressing global health issues such as infectious disease control," Kato said during the meeting of the World Health Assembly, the WHO's decision-making body.

As of Monday, Taiwan had 440 confirmed coronavirus cases with seven deaths. It allowed spectators back into stadiums to watch professional baseball games on May 8, citing a lowering risk of infection.

In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference, "It's regrettable that Taiwan was not able to participate in the general meeting as an observer."

The remarks came at a time when the United States, Japan's closest security ally, and China have confronted each other over Taiwan joining the WHO.

Beijing has long viewed the self-governing, democratic island as a renegade province awaiting reunification. On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that the WHO's Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus chose "not to invite Taiwan under pressure" from China.

The Japanese minister also underlined the necessity for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive" evaluation when reviewing WHO's response to the pandemic.

In the meantime, Kato said Japan has decided to contribute around $270 million in total to international bodies involved in the development of new vaccines to prevent and contain infectious disease epidemics.

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Taiwan's participation will benefit the entire world. Resisting it will only benefit the CCP. This isn't rocket science.

36 ( +38 / -2 )

Can't disagree on this one. Taiwan deserves a place in taking part not even taking into account they are largely considered to have had the best response in the world to the virus. Taking that also into account, they deserve to LEAD it.

31 ( +35 / -4 )

Consideration should be given to regions which successfully embraced COVID-19 in terms of public health response, such as Taiwan,"

Regions? NO, COUNTRIES!, and no country, anywhere, "embraced" COVID19!

Taiwan responded better than most, and their example as well as those of other countries run by women (hint, hint, hint JAPAN) did well, and THEY should be listened to!

15 ( +22 / -7 )

As would the whole world welcome Taiwan!

Only The Communist Dictatorship Party opposses.

And why is this allowed? As always, money talks.

Power and Fear are more important than the 20million + Taiwanese people’s human dignity.

26 ( +28 / -2 )

Those who oppose Taiwan with the CCP have been bought or pressured into it.

17 ( +20 / -3 )

In the meantime, Kato said Japan has decided to contribute around $270 million in total to international bodies

Now China pledged $2 billion to WHOs $6 billion budget.

America withdrew its funding, Japan's funding is atmost $270 million.

Where do you think WHOs bias be?

Put some weight on your suggestions to be taken seriously.

Money where your mouth is.

-24 ( +4 / -28 )

Well done Japan. We have backbone!

24 ( +27 / -3 )

Membership in WHO should be of interested parties, perhaps called "participants," rather than nation-states. That would include Taiwan, Palestine as well as international health-oriented NGOs such as the Red Cross, Red Crescent and the Knights of Malta.

21 ( +22 / -1 )

good work Japan.

COVID knows no national or political boundaries, and so discussions to tackle it should also be free of such constraints.

25 ( +25 / -0 )

Japan urges. Thats so funny. Japan and urges should not be in the same sentence. I urge Japan to distribute ¥100000 as they promised. Urges. Hahahahahaha.

-15 ( +11 / -26 )

Excellent move by Japan. Taiwan absolutely MUST be in the new form of the WHO. This is not negotiable. The leadership and advice Taiwan can give to the world will be invaluable. They are the world leader in managing this pandemic.

If any nation doesnt agree - they're OUT.

25 ( +26 / -1 )

Taiwan didn't listen to what Beijing was saying, but did pay attention to the first reports of an unusual pneumonia in Wuhan, which they thought could be transmitted between people. Taiwan began screening travelers from China, testing, contact tracing and building up their PPE. As a result, their cases and deaths were extremely low and their citizens enjoy freedoms of movement, socialization and commerce we are afraid to take.

But then, Taiwan's president picked a top epidemiologist, the deputy chair of their top scientific association to be her VP.

China is such an insecure state that it bullies Taiwan, a country that has made the transition from military dictatorship to democracy, relentlessly and encourages its allies to do the same. It's quite sad how threatened China, a country of 1.3 billion people, feels by Taiwan - a state of 24 million. No wonder the Taiwanese want nothing to do with the dictatorship of China.

29 ( +29 / -0 )

"World" Health Organization. Just no one who defies China.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

Taiwan full membership. China sanctioned.

18 ( +20 / -2 )

It's an indication that the Japanese officials are starting to use the term Taiwan instead of the Republic of China (ROC) though it's still referred as a "region." A highly remarkable move.

Regardless of any political concerns across the Strait, Taiwan deserves the membership status at WHO owning to its successful response.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Why not ???.We are all Chinese. We should use LI ( clear explianation ) to each other to help the world. To join togather is good for the world. Clear and create true understandings. Therefore, no other race can manupulate us.

-14 ( +2 / -16 )

As observer?

How about as a full member?

12 ( +12 / -0 )

China is a dictatorial country that wants Taiwan to be unable to participate in their experience. Now is not the time for political impasses, but to gain experience with those who know how to deal with this tragedy. WHO is being very negligent.

17 ( +17 / -0 )

Taiwan should attend, it is a modern independent democracy and should not be discriminated against.

The professionalism they showed in counter this virus is an additional reason!!

14 ( +14 / -0 )

Taiwan’s expertise in addressing this pandemic is needed by the world!!!

15 ( +15 / -0 )

The Asian voice cannot be a single country’s point of view on global matters.

Just an idea, but I am not alone.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Taiwan, not only was the first country to warn the rest of the world, first, however, it was the first to have a major handle on this pandemic. In doing so, they were able to donate not only to Japan, however, to the United States a few million N95 masks and their donation was valuable saving doctors and nurses and others in the medical community.

Taiwan is deserving of the World's support.

15 ( +15 / -0 )

It good

1 ( +1 / -0 )

It sadly isn't possible due to how the WHO is formed, but I wish they'd kick china out. Welcome Taiwan, a better nation.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

Taiwan should set up their own WHO which other countries can join. That would just leave the chinese WHO to stew in their own juice.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

Taiwan should be a FULL member!

14 ( +14 / -0 )

What is the legal basis for Japan to urge Taiwan ? Should be Tokyo also allowed to participate UN ? What did Taiwan contribute to the initial war against the virus ? Why would Taiwan limit the masks to the mainland ? Was it helpful or not ?

-19 ( +0 / -19 )

Do you know about the travel ban, although there are very few planes over my area...

Crossing places these days may cancal your visa.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Go Taiwan, we stand with you!

12 ( +14 / -2 )

The world wants China to be a successful country, but sees what it is doing to Hong Kong. Why would Taiwan want to invite China to do to it what it has done to Hong Kong?

In the meantime, China's strong arm tactics, such as what it is doing to snub Taiwan at the WHO, reinforce the view that Xi is a bully who cannot be trusted.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Mathematically speaking, Japanese govt doesn't represent Japanese population, the world should know that.

-18 ( +1 / -19 )

Good on Japan. It's time for the world to stop going along with this Chinese farce that we shouldn't recognize the independent nation of Taiwan as an independent nation.

For too long, we've been enabling them, by letting them push their farce on the rest of us, doing things like blocking Taiwan from being recognized as a sovereign and independent nation at the WHO and in the UN.

Sorry China, the rest of the world is done with that lie. May as well give it up.

FREE TAIWAN!

10 ( +12 / -2 )

We should actually just start replacing China with Taiwan at the UN and the WHO and any other world organizations.

Free Taiwan!

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Heh, the world doing what's right and recognizing Taiwan, who are clearly an independent nation, as an independent nation, really has our resident CPP mouthpiece freaking out!

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Mathematically speaking, Japanese govt doesn't represent Japanese population, the world should know that.

Does the Chinese government mathematically represent the Chinese people?

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Strangerland said "We should actually just start replacing China with Taiwan at the UN and the WHO and any other world organizations. "

It had done before, against majority Chinese populations. Now the world has changed, and China is rightly recognized as the only govt to represent Chinese people on the planet of earth.

-16 ( +0 / -16 )

Agree 100%. Well done Japan!

9 ( +9 / -0 )

what happens to the other 1%?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The vast majority of Taiwanese people are very happy to be separate from China. Even Taiwan's leader Tsai Ing-Wen has said that, '.....There is no need to say we are an independent country, because we already are an independent country.' Akie is living in CCP dreamland.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

I support Taiwan.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Taiwan was the first region in the world. Outside mainland China to detect the coronavirus. As early as November 2019.

He was the first to start researching and looking for abnormal strains to discover how to detect the virus. And what's more. He was the one who gave the world the image of the very virus we all know internationally. Being also the first to know how it is transmitted. Incubation periods. They even made the first detection tests. Which are the ones used as a world reference.

It was the first territory to close its external borders. The first to conduct massive tests. And as a consequence it is one of the territories with the least impact in the world. Being a very densely populated territory. But by living a completely normal life.

The world owes a lot to Taiwan.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

A good decision there.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Taiwan needs to be recognized as an independent country, period. I wonder just who among the current world leaders has the backbone to give the idea more than lip service?

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Therefore, no other race can manupulate us.

There are two races that are doing the vast amount of manipulation worldwide; I'll let you guess who those are.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Taiwan can help itself by not referring to themselves as the Republic of China, their official name, and forcing countries to choose between it and the PRC.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

quercetumToday 02:14 pm JST

Taiwan can help itself by not referring to themselves as the Republic of China, their official name, and forcing countries to choose between it and the PRC.

Absolutely correct. Only the 80-90 year olds think of themselves as "Republic of China". All the younger people grew up as Taiwanese and are rightly proud of it. Besides, Taiwan is better off disconnecting themselves from the word "China" anyway since the CCP seems to have tarnished the name beyond repair in so many ways.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Akie, I can only assume you are Chinese based on your comments regarding Taiwan which is peaceful and democratic country unlike China.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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