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Virus Outbreak: US, China clash over Taiwan at WHO

‘ENGAGE TAIWAN’:China’s delegation to a WHO executive board meeting voiced ’strong dissatisfaction’ over the ‘Taiwan issue,’ while Taipei criticized naming practice

Staff writer, with Reuters, GENEVA, Switzerland

“I’d like to ask the WHO, how many times are you going to change Taiwan’s name? These are not our correct names. Let me reiterate — our name is Taiwan, whose formal name is the Republic of China,” Ou said.

“We beseech the WHO not to put Taiwan’s information under China, creating mistake after mistake after mistake,” she said.

Ou blamed China for the WHO on Tuesday reporting that Taiwan had 13 confirmed 2019-nCoV cases, when it had just 10.

“This was incorrect information that was provided by China, which created the mistake,” she said.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a faxed statement to Reuters, said the case numbers it reported to the WHO for Taiwan all came from Taiwan’s government.

“If there are mistakes, this is the relevant authorities in the Taiwan region deliberately reporting mistakes to us," it said.

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office also said in a statement yesterday that Taiwan should not “use the virus to plot independence,” and reiterated that Taiwan faced no problem with technical cooperation with the WHO.

Additional reporting by Bloomberg and CNA

This story has been updated since it was first published.

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