WHO says it cannot invite Taiwan to annual summit because China objects

WHO says it cannot invite Taiwan to annual summit because China objects
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. WHO video

[Ed. – China should have no say in anything, especially matters of public health. Then again, this should be a moot point because WHO should obviously be disbanded.]

The World Health Organization said it could not invite Taiwan to an upcoming international health summit, despite pleas from the U.S. and its allies, due to “divergent views,” after China said it “deplores and opposes” efforts to include Taipei in the gathering.

WHO principal legal officer Steven Solomon explained to reporters on Monday that the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom could not invite Taiwan — which is not a member of the WHO — to participate in the annual meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA) if members of the international body disagreed.

“To put it crisply, director-generals only extend invitations when it’s clear that member states support doing so, that director-generals have a mandate, a basis to do so,” Solomon explained. “Today however, the situation is not the same. Instead of clear support, there are divergent views among member states and no basis there for — no mandate — for the DG to extend an invitation.”

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