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Taiwan’s new president Lai Ching-te, photographed in April while still vice president. Photo: Chiang Ying-ying / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 27.05.2024 16:13:20

War and conflicts: Taiwan is denied access to most international organizations due to opposition from China, which considers the democratically-ruled island part of its territory.

Taiwan attended WHO General Assemblies as an observer from 2009 to 2016.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on Monday that some countries are eroding the principle that there is only one China. They are also accused of politicizing health issues and meddling in China’s internal affairs.

The ministry did not name names, but on Sunday Taiwan’s new president Lai Ching-te received the first foreign delegation since he was sworn in last week. The delegation was led by Republican Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, but it also included Democrats.

The United States is Taiwan’s main military backer, but does not have official diplomatic relations with the island as that would lead to a diplomatic break with China. After the presidential inauguration, China has conducted a large military exercise close to the island.

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