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Opinion: Taiwan’s future lies in China’s national reunification

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As the World Health Assembly (WHA) progresses, authorities belonging to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of Taiwan are promoting the so-called “Taiwan joining the World Health Organization ( WHO)”, once again, under the pretext of the pandemic. Their real intention is to seek “Taiwan independence” and expand its “international space” with the help of some Western countries. Such attempts are doomed to failure.

The Taiwan region is an inalienable part of Chinese territory. Regarding the Taiwan region’s participation in the activities of international organizations, including the WHO, China’s position is consistent and clear, that is, it should be managed in accordance with the one-China principle. . United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758 explicitly recognizes representatives of the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as the only legitimate representatives of China [Taiwan] at the United Nations. Resolution WHA 25.1 explicitly recognizes representatives of the PRC as the only legitimate representatives of China [Taiwan] at the WHO.

The Chinese central government attaches great importance to the health and well-being of compatriots in the Taiwan region and has made appropriate arrangements for Taiwan’s participation in global health affairs on the precondition of adhering to the principle of one China. As of April 28, the central government has given the Taiwan region 386 updates on the Covid-19 situation, and over the past year, the central government has approved the participation of 47 public health experts in 44 groups in the Taiwan region to WHO technical activities. Channels for Taiwan to obtain information and participate in the international response to Covid-19 are unimpeded.

The Taiwan issue concerns China’s core interests and is the red line that cannot be disputed. There is only one China in the world. The government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. These facts are recognized by the UN resolution and constitute the universal consensus of the international community. Taiwan’s future lies in the national reunification of China. Any attempt to create the so-called “Taiwan independence”, “two Chinas” or “one China, one Taiwan” will lead nowhere and is doomed to failure.

I advise the DPP authorities to stop exploiting the pandemic to engage in political manipulation.

Wang Xiaojian is press counselor and spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in India. His article follows the article by Baushuan Ger, Taiwan’s ambassador to India, which THE WEEK had published.