August 1, 2021

In Taiwan, the pandemic sheds light on Beijing’s brutality. – China information and news

The epidemic shock set off a chain reaction. The punitive Chinese brutality excluding the Island, governed by the independence movement from technical meetings at the WHO, provoked insulting horrors from supporters of Taiwan, against the Director General of the WHO of Ethiopian nationality. The latter complained that the racist insults of which he was the victim outraged all Africans. While the spokesperson for Taiwan explained without convincing that “racism was unknown in Taiwan”, D. Trump added to the controversy by deciding on April 15 to end Washington’s contributions to the WHO. (Photo montage appeared in Slate. -Mandel Ngan / AFP via Getty Images, Noel Celis / Pool / Getty Images, Sam Yeh / AFP via Getty Images, and Fabrice Coffrini / AFP via Getty Images.)

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While the Island is ferociously ostracized by the permanent and all-out threats from Beijing, its exclusion from WHO meetings in the midst of the viral pandemic, throws a harsh light on the punitive intentions of the Chinese regime which sanctions the political shift in favor of the independence movement of Tsai Ing-wen reelected in January 2020.

But Taiwan, whose performance in controlling the scourge is recognized worldwide, seizes the opportunity of the pandemic to forge new links, sometimes to the detriment of Beijing, as in the Czech Republic.

Collateral pity, in a press conference on April 8, the Director General of WHO complained that through the racist insults addressed to him by the advocates of Taiwan’s participation in the WHO, it is the whole African community which was gravely outraged.

On April 15, fueling the fire with a very shocking cookie-cutter decision in the midst of the global epidemic, D. Trump announced that the United States would end its contribution to the WHO. Behind the measure having triggered outraged comments around the world, the suspicions that the Organization, under Chinese influence had failed in its mission of alert, coordination of information and advice.

Read: The influence of the Chinese Communist Party on the WHO.

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The coronavirus pandemic has underlined the ostracism in which Taiwan was held by the international community which, since 1972, complies with Beijing’s injunctions to officially “recognize” the “one China policy”, imposed on all candidates for election. the establishment of bilateral relations with China and the opening of an embassy in the Chinese capital.

The insistence on the unitary recognition of the “Chinese world”, beyond the Straits, the obligatory condition for the recognition of an official diplomatic partner, mixes what, according to Beijing, is an internal Chinese affair with the game. broader international relations.

Strictly speaking, and according to the Westphalian vision of relations between sovereign states advocated by the Chinese regime itself, domestic considerations should not interfere in international relations and even less be used as a criterion to define the eligibility of ‘a candidate country for the opening of diplomatic relations with another. But Beijing goes further.

Once official relations have been established, after the opening of embassies and the accreditation of ambassadors, the regime requires that each joint declaration following bilateral exchanges, whether cultural, economic, scientific or strategic, Peking’s interlocutors mention that they “recognize the policy of one China”.

As if Madrid, London or Paris, required their partners to mention at each of their meetings that Catalonia, Northern Ireland or Corsica were integral parts of Spain, the United Kingdom or France. With regard to Taiwan, since the election to the presidency of the independentist Tsai Ing-wen in 2016, Beijing’s demand that its interlocutors confirm the Island’s membership of China is even more pressing. [1].

A sovereign conscience susceptible and intractable



On the left, Margaret Chen Chinese from Hong Kong, close to Beijing, former President General of the WHO from 2007 to 2017. Since the election at the head of Taiwan of Tsai Ing-wen (2016), the Minister of Health of the Island is excluded from meetings.

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Having thus asserted its undivided sovereignty at the UN and at each meeting with its 174 diplomatic partners [2], Beijing expresses a sensitive susceptibility that was even exacerbated after the victory in 2016 of the independence movement hostile to the “1992 consensus of one China”.

Anyone who may have, willfully or inadvertently, suggested that they regard Taiwan as a sovereign entity, industry or trade groups, tourism agencies, shipping companies and airlines including statements, websites, advertisements and or actions , are not considered to conform to the one-China policy, are regularly ordered to conform to the Beijing standard, on pain of reprisals.

The argument is invariable. It threatens to deny offenders access to the Chinese market. Until March 2020, when Czech Prime Minister Andreij Babis called for the recall of the Chinese ambassador who had threatened him, no one had resisted this intimidation aimed at interests in China or which risked depriving exporters of the windfall. of the approximately 400 million Chinese middle-class consumers.

Exclusion also keeps the Island away from major international organizations such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) or the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

But, since the global explosion of the coronavirus pandemic, to which Taiwan has reacted in an orderly and exemplary manner, without resorting to massive confinement, it is the ostracism inflicted on the Island by the WHO under the Chinese injunctions followed by the UN and the entire international community which questions all rational consciences.

The official argument of the WHO authorities is that membership is only granted to states recognized by the UN. Without anyone taking offense, the sidelining of the Island, even from routine technical meetings, was applied with all the more rigor as the Director General was the Chinese from Hong Kong Margaret Chan, close to Beijing.

During the WHO session in Geneva from May 22 to 31, 2017, after the first election of Tsai Ing-wen in 2016, Lin Bin the Chinese Minister of Health had himself unambiguously clarified the issues. As long as Taiwan does not accept the consensus of one China, its representative will not be allowed to participate in the WHO meetings.

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Today, as a consequence of the sovereignist fixity of Beijing, in these times of great pandemic, the Island which can boast of having one of the most efficient health systems in the world, has been excluded from a crucial meeting on the covid-19 in February 2020, even at this stage of the plague, his experience could still have been useful to the whole planet.

The unifying ideology with the standards of the Chinese Communist Party goes far since, defying the statistical logic polluted by political considerations, the data of the Island on the state of its contagions are counted with those of China.

Moreover, a look back reminding that before 2016 Taiwan was authorized to send an observer to the WHO, confirms that the hardening observed today, on which the General Directorate is aligned in the straight line of Margaret Chan, between in the category of retaliation carried out without qualms by Beijing.

The reality is that, angered by the results of the presidential election which in 2016, brought to power a President hostile to the unifying norm, the Party, to the Leninist mode of operation, unable to accommodate an opposing thought and refusing to consider the results of ‘popular vote, exerts punitive pressure on the Island, its democratic system and all its people.

If Taipei’s serious accusations were confirmed, the Chinese normative obsession that the WHO endorses without protesting instead of demonstrating the independence and the loftiness of a large international organization, would border on indignity. At the beginning of March, violating the most basic ethics of medical information, the WHO would not have responded to Taipei’s questions on the risks of direct transmission between humans.

That’s not all. In the threatening shadow of Beijing, cautious cowardice is contagious. The sequence has been broadcast many times by the mainstream media around the world.

Note(s) :

[1] If it is true that, in the Island, a consensus exists to reject a reunification with communist China, the Guomindang, heir to Tchang Kai-chek remains as his opponent of the civil war today in power in Beijing, attached to the unity of the two shores of the Taiwan Strait.

[2] Of the 193 UN countries, only 14+ the Vatican have official relations with Taiwan.


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