China rebuts Taiwan on WHO participation-THE HINDU-15-05-2020

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China opposed any move by Taiwan to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a “pretext” to seek independence, its Embassy in New Delhi said on Thursday.

Taiwan was looking to “hype up Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organisation (WHO)” while “their real intention is to solicit foreign support and seek independence under the pretext of the pandemic”, the Chinese Embassy said in a statement.

In the statement, the Embassy said the DPP "has been stubbornly adhering to ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist status" and "undermined the political foundation for the region’s participation in the WHA". India is among the 179 of the 193 member states of the UN that do not maintain any diplomatic ties with Taiwan. Ahead of next week’s WHA meet, India has found itself in the middle as it takes over as chairperson of the executive board. move to include Taiwan or to accept China’s objections to it, officials said.

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