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U.S. clashes with China over Taiwan's place at WHO table as coronavirus spreads
REUTERS

FEB 7, 2020

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/02/07/asia-pacific/science-health-asia-pacific/us-vs-china-taiwan-who-coronavirus/

TAIPEI/GENEVA – The United States and China clashed Thursday over the issue of Taiwan’s exclusion from World Health Organization meetings, where it is represented by China, with Beijing accusing Washington of political “hype-up.”

Earlier on Thursday, Taiwan accused China of providing WHO with wrong information about the number of coronavirus cases on the island, after WHO published incorrect case numbers earlier this week.

Andrew Bremberg, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, told WHO’s executive board in Geneva that the agency should deal directly with Taiwan authorities.

“It is a technical imperative that WHO present visible public health data on Taiwan as an affected area and engage directly with Taiwan public health authorities on actions,” he said.

Japan appeared to support this. Ambassador Ken Okaniwa told the forum, “We should not make a geographical vacuum by creating a situation where a specific region cannot join WHO even as an observer.”

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