Pompeo Slams WHO For Failing to Include Taiwan In Coronavirus Conference

Clay Curtis
May 22, 2020

"I want to reiterate the words "peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue.' We will not accept the Beijing authorities" use of "one country, two systems" to downgrade Taiwan and undermine the cross-strait status quo".

She said Taiwan's parliament, the Legislative Yuan, would begin a process of "constitutional amendments", beginning a dialogue to achieve consensus on "constitutional reforms pertaining to government systems and people's rights".

Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party won January's presidential and parliamentary elections by a landslide, saying they would stand up to China, which claims Taiwan as its own and has not ruled out the use of force to achieve its objective. "This is is what solidarity feels like", she mentioned.

"Taiwan has been deemed a democratic success story, a reliable partner, and a force for good in the world by the global community". Taiwan has confirmed just 440 cases and seven deaths; it has recorded no new cases since May 7 and has not seen a locally transmitted case since April 12.

In recent weeks, the USA has pushed for Taiwan's inclusion as an observer to the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which has faced questions over its handling of the pandemic.

In Washington, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Tsai on her second term inauguration.

Beijing "will never tolerate separatist activities", the spokesman said.

"Taiwan's exemplary performance in response to COVID-19 pandemic has only elevated its standing in the U.S. government".

Experts, however, doubt there will be a major impact for Taiwan - and fear the robust United States backing could even backfire if Beijing comes to view its complex relationship with the self-governing island through the lens of growing tensions with Washington.

Xiaoguang also advised the United States to hold to the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiqu " s, stressing that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one China and that Taiwan is an absolute part of China, Ma added the Chinese mainland has a solid will, full self-confidence and adequate capabilities to beat any interference by foreign forces and any secessionist attempt for "Taiwan independence" in any form.

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Taiwan's National Security Council has often found itself under the domestic microscope as Beijing has intensified influence operations, including financing China-friendly TV, print, and online media outlets in Taiwan and its alleged efforts to spread disinformation on social media.

Both the Governor General and Prime Minister also thanked President Tsai for Taiwan's support and contributions to Belize over the years, particularly during the recent COVD-19 crisis.

Tsai, who depicts herself as Taiwan's best defender against China, received a congratulatory note from the Trump administration's top diplomat the night before her inauguration, a signal of the warm relations between Taiwan and USA amid Washington-Beijing tensions.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement congratulating Tsai.

"We solemnly inform the U.S. that "Taiwan independence" will only lead to a dead end, and attempts to condone and support "Taiwan independence" are doomed to fail", Zhao threatened.

Support from Pompeo for Taiwan has increased tensions between the two superpowers.

Chinese academic Li Muyang said the Legislative Yuan constitutional amendment committee would pave the way for Taiwan to move still further from Beijing's notion of "one country, two systems".

"It is very apparent that Tsai will continue her pro-U".

Taiwan has been ruled separately from the mainland since 1949 after the Nationalists lost a civil war to the Communists and fled to the island to set up a rival government. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.

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