Taiwan is fighting the invisible enemy, the CCP Virus, but has been refused membership to the World Health Organization (WHO) simply because China doesn’t want it there.
WHO officials constantly heap praise on China for its response to the CCP Virus, even going so far as to repeat the lies spewed out by the Communist Party, praising its transparency. The CCP first told the world the CCP Virus could not be transmitted person to person, a lie the WHO repeated to the world.
The WHO was recently exposed for its compliance with China in a recent interview between WHO Assistant Director-General Bruce Aylward and a reporter from a Hong Kong TV station.
“Will the WHO reconsider Taiwan’s membership?” the reporter from RTHK asked Aylward. In response, there was in fact none. Aylward simply sat there in silence, and when prompted by the reporter, replied, “I’m sorry I couldn’t hear your question, Yvonne.”
The reporter then suggested she repeat her question, to which Aylward replied, “No, that’s okay, let’s move to another one then,” before he terminated the interview.
The station called him back to give him an opportunity to speak, and after the reporter asked him how he thought Taiwan was doing in terms of handling the virus, Aylward again refused to acknowledge Taiwan and replied, “Well, we’ve already talked about China, and you know, when you look across all the different areas of China, they actually all did a good job.”
In February Aylward went to Wuhan as part of a WHO representation, and in a clip shared by China’s state-owned media outlet, Aylward said the country knew what it was doing and “if I had COVID-19 I’d want to be treated in China.”
The video went viral on social media and raised questions about just how much influence China has over the WHO.
“WHO shilling for #China continues. Time to clean house at that organization, which is failing the world before our eyes,” said U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) in a tweet.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 28, 2020
Gordon Chang author of “The Coming Collapse of China” weighed in, “This has been going on for some time,” adding that it’s not just Aylward, but also the Director-General of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who recently said China’s response to the CCP Virus was admirable and should be emulated by the rest of the world. Ghebreyesus said it showed the superiority of China’s socialist system. “The WHO has helped spread the CCP virus around the world,” said Chang, “and they have done it on behalf of Beijing.”
The United States has stepped in, and on Monday U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the State Department will “do our best to assist” Taiwan’s “appropriate role” of observer status in the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the WHO. “We think it’s important. And we were pleased that that piece of legislation made it out of the Congress and onto the president’s desk last week,” Pompeo told a group of reporters in a telephonic roundtable Monday.
U.S. law says, “It should be the U.S. policy to advocate, as appropriate, for Taiwan’s membership in all international organizations in which statehood is not a requirement and in which the United States is also a participant, as well as for Taiwan to be granted observer status in other appropriate international organizations,” reported the VOA.
Beijing objected to the U.S. intervention, and China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said last Friday, “We strongly urge the U.S. to correct its mistake, refrain from implementing this act and obstructing other countries’ pursuit of relations with China. Otherwise, it will be met with resolute countermeasures from the Chinese side.”
The Communist Party has used pressure to block Taiwan from representing at WHO meetings, after Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, a critic of China was re-elected in 2020.