Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA)
The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a bill on the 26th directing the Secretary of State to assist Taiwan in regaining observer status at the World health Organization (WHO). In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the government will uphold the spirit of professionalism, pragmatism and contribution to promote participation in this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), and will unite the assistance of friendly countries and the support of more like-minded countries to allow the international community to accept Taiwan’s participation and jointly contribute to the global multilateral system.
In mid-February, U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee members Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Young Kim (D-CA) led a bill to require the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to assist Taiwan in regaining observer status at the WHO.
The bill requires the Secretary of State to explain what changes and improvements the United States has made to its program to assist Taiwan after each session of the WHA in which Taiwan did not obtain observer status.
Foreign Affairs Committee Republican Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said that Taiwan had warned the WHO that the new coronavirus (CCP virus) would be transmitted from person to person in 2019, but was ignored, which is why the world is in the current situation.
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Taiwan, pointed out that compared to the Chinese Communist government, which lied during the Epidemic, Taiwan did everything right, including honestly warning that the virus would be transmitted from person to person, using science as the basis and taking effective measures to inhibit the spread of the virus, “and because of that, Taiwan restarted its economy earlier than the U.S.”
Xue Mann said that Taiwan has injected more than $6 billion (about NT$171.4 billion) since 1996 to provide international medical and humanitarian assistance to more than 80 countries, but was excluded from the WHO in 2017 due to Chinese Communist factors, “Taiwan simply deserves the WHO ‘membership’ status “
Taiwan’s contribution to global public health and its performance in responding to the epidemic “not only proves that Taiwan deserves a place, but also shows that having Taiwan as a WHO observer can bring substantial health security benefits to the United States and the rest of the world,” said Kim Ying-Yu.
The bill will be sent to the full House of Representatives for consideration and will be passed by the House and Senate before being submitted to the President of the United States for signature. In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that we will build on our accumulated momentum and voice, and consider the overall international situation to push the bill in the most appropriate way.