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Taiwan should work hard to become a WHO abserven

Taiwan should work hard to become a WHO abserven

Ms. Margaret Chan, the former Director of the Department of Health of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, was elected as the Director-General of the World Health Organization, under the recommendation of the PRC government. The Chairman of Mainland Affairs Council, Mr. Joseph Wu has appealed to Chan and the PRC to not to block the way of Taiwan to become a WHO observer.
Aside from that, it is mentioned in the column of the Asahi Shimbum of Japan that viruses spread very quickly and Taiwan must be included in the anti-virus system. It is Chan’s responsibility to ask the PRC to support Taiwan to become an observer as soon as possible. The PRC should consider the benefits to the world, not just to itself.
Overall, this whole case has shown how powerful the PRC is to the WHO. On the other hand, it has given the PRC some pressure to make known its epidemic situation, for it is the first time that the PRC takes the lead in a UN organization and it will be supervised by the world.
It is still not clear if Chan will try to stop Taiwan from participating in the WHO; however, it is not wise that we look for pity from the PRC. To be able to act as an important player in the world, our own strength and strategy will be the two determining factors.
In the past decade, though we might have failed, there has been more and more support given to Taiwan towards the way to become a member of the WHO. What we have to do now is that, though it has been blocked by the PRC, we have to look for more support and recognition from the WHO member countries.


Updated : 2021-10-24 19:38 GMT+08:00