Question / World Health Assembly: Taiwan

Q Asked by Alicia Kearns MP
Asked on: 17 November 2020

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
China: Taiwan / UIN 116673

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the refusal of the World Healthy Assembly at its 73rd plenary to consider Taiwan for membership of the Assembly; and what steps the UK and allied countries are taking to ensure that Taiwan is recognised in global health forums.

A Answered by: Nigel Adams
Answered on: 25 November 2020

The UK continues to support Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organisations where statehood is not a prerequisite. This includes the World Health Organization (WHO), where Taiwan can make a valuable contribution. The UK recently worked alongside likeminded countries to lobby the WHO at official level to issue an invitation to Taiwan to observe this month’s World Health Assembly and continues to lobby the WHO to allow Taiwan to participate in all relevant WHO technical meetings. Lessons learnt from Taiwan’s effective tackling of the COVID-19 pandemic adds significant value to the international fight against the virus.