Remarks of Spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in Denmark on the Article by Head of the Taiwan Authorities’ Foreign Relations Department
25 August 2020
On 25 August, Politiken published an article by Jaushieh Joseph Wu, head of the Taiwan authorities’ foreign relations department, who openly advocated “Taiwan independence” and “Taiwan’s participation in the United Nations and the World Health Organization”.
In October 1971, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted, at its 26th session, Resolution 2758, recognizing the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as the sole legitimate government representing the whole of China. The resolution, fully demonstrating the one-China principle that the United Nations is committed to, has solved once and for all the issue of China’s representation in the United Nations politically, legally and procedurally. There is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the territory of the PRC. This is a principle universally recognized by the international community. The United Nations has reiterated multiple times that it will stick to Resolution 2758 in dealing with the Taiwan issue.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized UN agency composed of sovereign states. As a special agency of the United Nations, it should observe UNGA resolutions. Resolution 25.1 of the World Health Assembly (WHA) reaffirmed the UNGA Resolution 2758 and clarified the issue of China’s representation in the WHO. Taiwan’s participation in the activities of the WHO and other international organizations needs to be arranged in a reasonable and appropriate manner after cross-straits consultations under the one-China principle. According to the agreement reached between China and the WHO, there is an International Health Regulations Contact Point in the Taiwan region, so it can obtain timely information on global public health emergencies released by the WHO and report its public health emergency information to the WHO in a timely manner. Health experts from the Taiwan region can attend WHO technical meetings, and WHO experts can visit the Taiwan region if necessary on field trips or to provide assistance. These arrangements ensure that the Taiwan region can respond to public health emergencies in a timely and effective manner wherever these emergencies occur.
We people on the two sides of the Taiwan Straits are all Chinese and the Chinese central government cares most about the well-being of the people in the Taiwan region. After COVID-19 broke out, China’s National Health Commission promptly informed the Taiwan region of the situation. In mid-January, at the request of relevant departments in the Taiwan region, their experts paid a field visit to Wuhan and had discussions with mainland experts. The central government has sent timely notifications on COVID-19 to the Taiwan region. The claim of a “gap” in global anti-pandemic efforts is simply not true, as the region of Taiwan has unimpeded access to pandemic information.
The article by Jaushieh Joseph Wu simply revealed the devious motive of the Taiwan authorities to make use of the pandemic to seek “Taiwan independence”. The Taiwan authority’s ostensible attempt to join the WHO and the WHA is definitely not for the health and welfare of people in Taiwan but for sheer political gains. It is bound to fail.