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Actions by Trump Indicate Taiwan and Hong Kong Used Only to Score Points Against China

A press conference by US president Donald Trump took an unexpected turn yesterday after Trump announced not only the end of Hong Kong’s favorable trade status under American law, but that the US would be withdrawing from the World Health Organization. The WHO is the UN agency responsible for global health. The move is expected to have large repercussions on both Taiwan and Hong Kong...

Taiwan Drops Bid for Participation, Xi Jinping Delivers Opening Remarks at World Health Assembly

In a surprise, the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced earlier today that it would be withdrawing Taiwan’s bid to participate in the World Health Assembly as an observer. Notably, the opening remarks for the World Health Assembly summit, which will be held in Geneva and online today and tomorrow, were delivered by Chinese president Xi Jinping...

WHO Director-General Accuses Taiwan of Campaign Against Him Involving “Racism” Against Africans

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stoked controversy earlier today with comments accusing the Taiwanese government of launching an organized campaign against him in the course of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. According to Tedros, Taiwan was politicizing the coronavirus pandemic to attack the WHO when the world needs to unite in combating the disease. What has raised eyebrows in particular, however, was Tedros accusing the Taiwanese government of “racism” against Africans in this purported campaign against him...

Flight Suspensions by Italy and Vietnam Illustrate the Effects of Taiwan Being Viewed as Part of China

The concrete effects of Taiwan’s exclusion from the international community, particularly its exclusion from the International Civil Aviation Organization and World Health Organization, are visible in the decision by the Italian and Vietnamese governments to suspend flights from Taiwan. Taiwan is excluded from both organizations due to Chinese pressure, seeing as China claims Taiwan to be an inalienable part of China and refuses to allow Taiwan to participate in both organizations on an independent basis...