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WHO: WHO Official’s Reaction to Taiwan Question and Response from U.S. and Hong Kong Afterward

On March 28, Bruce Aylward, an Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) took a video conference interview with Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). He gave some bizarre responses when reporter Yvonne Tong asked him about Taiwan. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has declared that Taiwan is part of itself and with its influence, locked Taiwan out of the WHO and other international organizations. (Epoch Times)

Tong: “Will the WHO consider Taiwan’s membership?”

Aylward: No response.

Tong: “Hello?”

Aylward: “I’m sorry. I couldn’t hear your question. Yvonne.”

Tong: “Okay, let me repeat the question.”

Aylward: “No, that’s okay. Let’s move to another one then.”

Tong: “I’m actually curious in talking about Taiwan as well. On Taiwan’s case.”

Video conference was disconnected.

Tong called Aylward again.

Tong: “I just want to see if you can comment a bit on how Taiwan has done so far in terms of containing the virus.”

Aylward: “Well, we’ve already talked about China, and, you know, when you look across all the different areas of China, they’ve actually all done quite a good job. So with that, I’d like to thank you very much for inviting us to participate…”

Interview can be seen online:

The WHO made a statement later that day, saying that the question of Taiwanese membership was not for its staff to answer, but instead “up to WHO member states.” (Radio France International)

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo told the media on March 30, that the State Department will try its best to help Taiwan to obtain an appropriate role in the WHO. President Trump signed the TAIPEI ACT on March 26, which called for the U.S. to use its influence and other vehicles to support Taiwan to become a non-sovereignty-state member of international organizations and obtain observer status in other appropriate organizations. (Radio France International)

On April 2, Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, accused RTHK of breaching its charter obligations. He said, “The Secretary holds the view that the presentation in that episode of the aforesaid program has breached the One-China Principle and the purposes and mission of RTHK as a public service broadcaster as specified in the Charter.” (The Guardian)

Related postings on Chinascope:

1. Excerpt in Chinese:

世卫组织(WHO)总干事谭德塞的助手加拿大医生布鲁斯・艾尔沃德(Bruce Aylward)博士近日接受香港电台(RTHK)记者Yvonne(唐若韫)视频采访,回答有关中共病毒(武汉肺炎)全球大流行的问题。









Source: Epoch Times, March 29, 2020

2. Excerpt in Chinese:


Source: Radio France International, March 30, 2020国际/20200330-断线门-后-世卫组织-台湾入会问题由所有成员国决定

3. Excerpt in Chinese:



Source: Radio France International, March 31, 2020政治/20200331-蓬佩奥-将竭尽全力帮助台湾在世卫组织发挥适当作用

4. Source: The Guardian, April 3, 2020