Congress Passes Bill To Help Taiwan Restore WHO Observer Status - HowPakistan

 

File photo: Connery, a Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Taiwan Connection (May 19, 2016)



The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Wednesday asking the State Department to submit a plan to help Taiwan restore observer status to the World Health Organization.


The bill passed 425 to 0 and was sent to the White House after it passed the Senate last August. Congressional aides said they expected President Biden to sign the bill.


Taiwan has been excluded from international organizations such as the World Health Organization because of China's opposition.


The bill requires the U.S. secretary of state to develop a strategy for Taiwan to gain observer status at the World Health Assembly.


Taiwan was stripped of that status in 2017.


Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly praised Taiwan's response to the new crown epidemic when urging support for the bill, saying Taiwan has only 37,000 confirmed cases despite its population of 23.5 million, and Taiwan is sharing technology internationally. Donated protective equipment.


"Taiwan's leadership and contribution to global health security show why it should seek to be part of a public forum on health," he said.


Taiwan has raised its alert since Russia invaded Ukraine, fearing that Beijing could take similar action against Taiwan, Although it reported there was no indication this would happen.


Similar concerns have added to U.S. efforts to support Taiwan's participation in international organizations such as the World Health Organization.

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