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US concerned about WHO restrictions on Taiwan

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

The US said that the “unresolved issue” of nomenclature for Taiwan at the WHO hampers efforts to further involve Taipei in effective implementation of IHRs.

As of last year, all Taiwanese ports on the IHR Authorized Ports list were identified as belonging to China, the US said.

“The nomenclature issue likely is one factor causing delayed communications with experts with Taiwan. Some WHO communications continue to be incorrectly routed through Beijing or through China’s Mission in Geneva,” the US said.

The US said that the issue of nomenclature is “so closely linked to Taiwan’s participation in IHRs,” and thus “we believe Taiwan should be referred to as ‘Chinese Taipei’ in both internal and external WHO communications.”

The US continues to object to the usage of the phrase “Taiwan, Province of China,” “Taiwan, China,” and “other closely related nomenclature” in WHO/WHA internal documents, as well as in all other international organizations in which Taiwan is a meaningful participant, the department said.

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