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Beijing's Deadly Game: Consequences of Excluding Taiwan from the World Health Organization During the COVID-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 551KB]

From the Document: "As COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] spread throughout the world in the early months of 2020, Beijing operationalized ties it had developed over decades within the world's premier public health organization to exclude Taiwan from the international response to the pandemic. Beijing's sway within the WHO [World Health Organization], which has long refused to grant Taiwan membership, was apparent from the start of the crisis, when WHO officials ignored Taiwan's attempts to request information about the virus's potential for human-to-human transmission. In the months that followed, WHO officials repeatedly ignored Taiwan's efforts to share best practices for containing the virus even as they lauded China for the 'transparency' of its response. Several hundred Taiwan citizens also found themselves stranded in Wuhan for months as Beijing and Taipei wrangled over the terms of flights back to the island, while Beijing allowed the United States, Japan, and other countries to evacuate their citizens without delay."

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2020-05-12
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U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission: https://www.uscc.gov/
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