Most countries support one-China principle, oppose Taiwan region's participation in WHA: FM
Published: May 24, 2024 11:55 PM
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin Photo:

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin Photo:

The support by a majority of countries for China's position on the Taiwan region's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA) proves again that the one-China principle represents the will of the international community and the trend of the times, and also fully reflects the majority of countries holding a stance for justice on the Taiwan question related to the WHA, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Friday. 

There is but one China in the world. The government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory, the spokesperson reiterated. 

China's position on the Taiwan region's participation in the activities of international organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), is consistent and clear: it must be handled under the one-China principle, which is also a fundamental principle demonstrated by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 2758 and WHA Resolution 25.1, said Wang.

Most countries have reiterated their commitments to upholding Resolution 2758 of the UNGA and firmly supporting the one-China principle, opposing Taiwan region's participation in WHA, the spokesperson said.

For eight consecutive years from 2009 to 2016, The Chinese central government made special arrangements for the Taiwan region's participation in the WHA on the basis of adherence to the one-China principle. But since the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities came to power, they have obstinately adhered to the separatist position of "Taiwan independence" and refused to admit the 1992 Consensus embodying the one-China principle, which means that the political foundation for the Taiwan region's participation in the WHA no longer exists, said Wang.

The 77th WHA will open on May 27. Upholding the one-China principle, as well as the sanctity and authority of relevant UNGA and WHA resolutions, China has decided not to approve the Taiwan region's participation in this year's WHA, a move that has been widely understood and supported by the international community, said Wang.

Leaders and senior officials of many countries, as well as those of international organizations, such as officials from the UN Geneva Office, have recently restated that their countries or organizations abide by the one-China principle and the UNGA Resolution 2758.

When asked about a question related to China, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, said, "it means in terms of our standing on Taiwan as a province of China," according to a UN daily press briefing on Thursday.

Any attempt to violate the one-China principle or play the "Taiwan card" for political manipulation are doomed to fail, Wang said.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin also slammed the US' false narrative on UNGA Resolution 2758. The past few weeks saw repeated ill-intentioned comments from some US officials challenging the authority of UNGA Resolution 2758. "Those comments distort the facts and history, tread on international law and the basic norms of international relations, and breach the US' own commitment," Wang said at a press briefing on May 15.

Global Times