Taipei, Taiwan – Taiwan and its allies have been campaigning hard to see it return as observer to the World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization, which is due to meet on May 24.
The successful management of COVID-19 in Taiwan for more than a year and a half has brought new interest in Taiwan’s absence from the WHA, which has not been seen since the election of President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016.
U.S. lawmakers have been urging Taiwan to return as observers in recent years, but this time the G7 has thrown their support behind Taiwan as the social media industry led by #LetTaiwanHelp has grown to produce legislators from Europe, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
In late April, 16 members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) released a video urging the WHA to call in Taiwan, which is in line with a number of tweets from the US DRM parliament and the U.S. State department.
“In the past, Congress efforts have only sent letters to the WHO or the Executive Branch or major cities abroad asking for help in Taiwan. This year, however, there were more people and thus, ways to reach,” said Jessica Drun, a non-resident. in US-Project Project 2049.
“This has brought in councilors from all over the world – as well as parties. It has also been able to grow in the media, creating the views of other leaders as well as civilians and activists,” he said.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung-kwang says the government will continue to wait for the call until the last minute, as it uses the #LetTaiwanHelp hashtag to launch a new #TaiwanIsHelping hashtag to promote its donation of oxygen tanks and other medical supplies to troubled countries like India.
Yeh Ching-chuan, who visited the WHA in 2009 as an observer and former health minister, says that at the time Taiwan was able to bring in about 15 experts to be involved in science and discussion topics including the island’s insurance program.
“It’s a short meeting,” Yeh said.
“WHA is only two days away and then there are scientific meetings, but it is important, to participate. For countries that do not have relations with Taiwan, they are interested in other areas and have connected with our experts even after their return.”
A meeting with Taiwan’s Minister Chen to discuss the ongoing epidemic & global health problems. The US supports Taiwan’s ability to get vaccinated, its contributions to health protection, and its return to visit #WHA #LetTaiwanHelp pic.twitter.com/xC4cPoFSZm
– Office of Global Affairs, HHS (@HHS_Global) May 21, 2021
Taiwan is experiencing a crisis with the growth of coronavirus, indicating that the disease knows no bounds. Taiwan should be included in the WHO.
– Judy Sgro (@JudySgroMP) May 20, 2021
As of this month, the island had fewer than 1,200 cases of coronavirus and 12 deaths, although the number of infections in Taipei and New Taipei City is now rising following an outbreak linked to a clash that began with a group of Chinese Airlines pilots in early May.
Formerly known as the Republic of China, Taiwan originally represented China at the WHO and WHA but was expelled from the bloc in 1972, the year after Beijing was approved by the United Nations.
Taiwan was invited to visit observers from 2009 to 2016 during the Chinese presidency in Ma Ying-jeou but the request was rejected after Tsai took office.
Since its election, Beijing, which claims to be an independent island, has been pushing for a reduction in Taiwan’s presence and participation in non-political organizations such as the WHO and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The number of countries in which Taiwan has maintained its legal relationship has declined since Tsai became President – with only 15 countries ratifying Taipei in Beijing.
However, The growing fear of China’s attraction to Europe has also led to new institutions in Taiwan in unexpected places including Lithuania, the Czech Republic and the European Parliament.
Following the WHA, the Czech Parliament passed a resolution calling for Taiwan to participate in WHO’s “all meetings, processes and events”, while Lithuania and Czech MPs sit on the IPAC, as well as delegates from 10 other European countries.
“A few years ago, Taiwan was not considered one of the world’s leading European or international partners.” [individual] way. This seems to have changed as a result of what has happened in Hong Kong, Xinjiang, a coronavirus epidemic, and U.S. authorities are monitoring the island, “said Ivana Karásková, a Chinese researcher and co-founder of the Association for International Affairs in Prague.
“At its core, it will not change the island’s isolation from international organizations and organizations but it is clear that countries are keen to connect with Taiwan.”