The island in East Asia, Taiwan has blamed China and the World Health Organization (WHO) for preventing the country from accessing the coronavirus pandemic information. On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, the government of the island accused China of providing only a piece of limited information about the ongoing pandemic and excluding Taiwan to get access to the WHO reports.
Citing the Chinese actions as ‘vile,’ the Taiwan authority also condemned WHO alleging that the international health organization behaved similarly with China.
Taiwan’s Condemning Chinese Actions and WHO
Taiwan condemned China on Tuesday over the island’s exclusion to access to the WHO’s information and prevention of the island from receiving timely information about the virus outbreak that originated from the central province of Wuhan, China.
According to reports, Taiwan is presently not a WHO member due to China’s objections which claim that the island is under Chinese sovereignty. Taiwan has been rejecting the Chinese claim and maintaining that the island is an independent country and has never been part of the People’s Republic of China.
Taiwan authority has reported that the country was worried over the ongoing virus outbreak which had already confirmed 10 such cases. Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Joanne Ou said, “Although the virus is really serious, they are still using the ‘one China’ principle to impede Taiwan from taking part in the WHO’s technical meetings.”
Referring to the Chinese actions, Ou added, “Disease has no national boundaries… Putting political considerations over people’s health and safety, this, basically, is extremely vile.” Following Taiwan’s attack, Chinese authority told the WHO on Monday claiming that it had shared full information about the coronavirus with the island and “smooth” communication took place between the two sides.
Taiwan also attacked the WHO alleging that the health organization had not provided timely information about the situation of the virus outbreak to the country. Taiwan Health Minister, Chen Shih-Chung said the government lodged a complaint with the WHO which listed a total of 13 instead of 10 virus cases.
Stop Playing Politics over Virus
On a counter play, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office released a statement on Tuesday urging that Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should stop playing politics over the virus issues. As Reuters reported, Taiwan officials had been making complaints that China had not responded to request made by the former country to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan province despite the evacuation permission was given to other governments, including the United States and Britain.
Taiwan government announced a new decision to start banning the entry to the country by all foreign nationals who had been to China. The new decision which would be effective from Saturday excluded travelers and residents from Hong Kong and Macau.
Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council said in a statement on Tuesday that 247 people from the central province of China had arrived at Taipei’s main international airport late on Monday. Following the news, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen expressed on her Facebook page that she hailed the efforts of both sides for such evacuation. She added citing the existing political concerns, “Although the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have different political stances, in the face of the virus human rights and humanitarianism should be put before political considerations.”
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