The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday applauded the World Health Assembly (WHA) decision not to include a proposal to make Taiwan an observer in the conference's agenda.
Spokesperson Wang Wenbin told a press conference that the decision fully demonstrated that the one-China principle cannot be shaken, and that Taiwan-related proposals are unpopular and doomed to fail.
The Chinese Central Government attaches great importance to the health and well-being of Taiwan compatriots, Wang said, adding that since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese mainland had repeatedly notified Taiwan of the latest information on epidemic prevention and control, and made proper arrangements for Taiwan's participation in global health affairs.
He stressed that there is an International Health Regulations Contact Point in the Taiwan region, and its mechanism of information exchange with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other countries is unimpeded and complete.
In the face of the continuous COVID-19 pandemic, member states of the WHO wish to focus on global cooperation at WHA, said Wang.
"Taiwan's DPP authorities and several countries had acted against the historical trend, violated the Resolution 2758 of the United Nations General Assembly and the Resolution 25.1 of WHA, and insisted on making Taiwan-related proposals, which fully exposed their political purpose to interfere with the conference and undermine international anti-pandemic cooperation," Wang said.
"We are happy to see that the majority of countries reaffirmed their firm adherence to the one-China principle, and many countries had sent letters to the Director-General of the WHO to express just stance," he noted.
Wang said that the WHA had rejected Taiwan-related proposals for many consecutive years, which fully demonstrated that the one-China principle is the general trend of the international community and unchallengeable. "We urge the DPP authorities to stop using the pandemic as an excuse of political manipulation, and stop humiliating themselves."