Coronavirus: Why Taiwan won’t have a seat at the virus talks

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, health officials will come together (virtually) next week at the World Health Assembly to decide how the world should tackle the crisis. But one of the places that’s been most successful at protecting its people from the disease will not be invited to this meeting of the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). Taiwan has been applauded internationally for quickly and effectively stemming the spread of the virus, and says it should have a platform to share its experiences with the world. But China – which says Taiwan is part of its territory – has blocked Taiwan’s attendance since 2016.