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New Zealand Says It Backs Taiwans Role in WHO Due to Success With COVID-19

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WELLINGTON—New Zealand on Friday weighed in on the debate around whether Taiwan should be allowed to join the World Health Organisation (WHO), saying the country has a lot to offer given its success in limiting the spread of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.

“Taiwan has something to offer at the WHO right at the moment,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said at a news conference when asked if New Zealand would support Taiwans inclusion in WHO as an observer.

Robertson was addressing a daily media briefing on the countrys fight against the CCP virus.

Taiwans exclusion from the U.N. body, due to objections from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Beijing, which claims the island as one of its provinces, has isolated the Taiwanese government. Despite not having access to the WHOs information, Taiwan has reported fewer cases of CCP virus than many neighbours due to early detection and prevention work. It was the first country to report concerns about the CCP virus to the WHO in December 2019, when it urged for transparent information on the situation from China.

Robertson said Taiwan has employed a number of successful methods of dealing with the virus, and have a number of epidemiologists and public health experts who have provided a great deal of advice that many countries have benefited from.

“They have been an observer at the WHO in the past and I think in this time of the post COVID-19 crisis, there is room for them to be there again,” he said.

Warm thanks to @winstonpeters for supporting #Taiwans @WHO participation. #NewZealands deputy PM & foreign minister put it beautifully: “You want every country in an international organization designed to improve the worlds health. Its just logic.” JWhttps://t.co/56r4HEL0p1

— 外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) ?? (@MOFA_Taiwan) May 6, 2020

Foreign Minister Winston Peters told local media, “Youve got to have every organisation in the world in the WHO if its to have any meaning.” He said he had supported that position for 30 years. “In the interests on international health you want every country in an international organisation designed to improve the worlds health. Its just logic.”

Taiwan attended the World Health Assembly as an observer from 2009-2016, but China blocked further participation after the election of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, whom China accuses of being a separatist—a charge she rejects.

Earlier this week, New Zealands Foreign Minister Winston Peters told reporters at Parliament on May 5 that he has supported Taiwans position “for 30 years.”

“In the interests on international health you want every country in an international organisation designed to improve the worlds health. Its just logic,” he said.

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