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Remarks by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson on Taiwan's Attempt to Squeeze into WHO Being once again Frustrated (2001-05-14)
2004/04/19
May 15, the 54th World Health Assembly decided by consensus not to include in the agenda of the Assembly the proposal by a small number of countries like Honduras of "inviting the Republic of China (Taiwan) to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer", which once again frustrated the attempt by the Taiwan authorities to attend WHA sessions and get into the World Health Organization (WHO).

It is common knowledge that WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations.  Only sovereign states are entitled to become its members and participate in its activities.  As a province of China, Taiwan is not qualified at all to participate in WHO activities, nor is it in any position to attend WHA sessions.  The essence of the proposal of "inviting the Republic of China (Taiwan) to participate in the WHA as an observer" is an attempt to create in the world "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan".   This act has violated the relevant resolutions on the UN General Assembly and WHA and basic norms governing international law, which has naturally been firmly opposed by the Chinese Government and people and all justice-upholding countries in the world and despised by the international community.

The question of Taiwan is an internal affair of China.  No foreign countries have the right to interfere.  The Chinese Government resolutely opposes interference in China's internal affairs by any country as well as the activities of any person to split China under the pretext of public health issues.  We are convinced that the just cause of the Chinese Government and people of safeguarding state sovereignty and territorial integrity will continue to enjoy understanding and support of countries and peoples in the world that uphold justice.
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