“We support Taiwan’s meaningful participation in World Health Organization forums and the World Health Assembly. The international community should be able to benefit from the experience of all partners, including Taiwan’s successful contribution to the tackling of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the G-7 said in a joint communique Wednesday after foreign ministers gathered this week in London. Attendees leave the G-7 foreign ministers meeting at Lancaster House in London, Britain, May 5, 2021.
Taiwan said it is grateful for the G-7’s strong support. Officials from Australia, India, South Africa, South Korea and Brunei are also joining the G-7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting as guests in London.
— Taiwan in the US (@TECRO_USA) May 5, 2021 “We underscore the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues. We reiterate our strong opposition to any unilateral actions that could escalate tensions and undermine regional stability and the international rules-based order, and express serious concerns about reports of militarization, coercion and intimidation in the region,” said the communique, which was released after the meeting.
#Taiwan thanks all G7 FMs and the EU for voicing such a strong support in the Communique for our meaningful participation in #WHO & #WHA. #LetTaiwanHelp and contribute to the global health system.https://t.co/vsfTEY6PSm “#Taiwan thanks all G7 FMs and the EU for voicing such a strong support in the Communique for our meaningful participation in #WHO & #WHA. #LetTaiwanHelp and contribute to the global health system,” Taiwan’s main representative office in the U.S. said in a tweet.
“It is very consequential that democracies are speaking with one voice on an important occasion like the G-7 to underscore their support for Taiwan’s participation” in the World Health Organization, said Bonnie Glaser, Asian program director at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. The statement comes as China steps up military activities, sending aircraft into Taiwan’s air space.
“Let’s also not lose sight of the fact that the G-7 statement included references to China’s bad behavior in places like Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and Tibet, which certainly won’t sit well with Beijing either,” said Derek Grossman, a senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation. The move is seen as an open rebuke to China. The Beijing government has been blocking Taiwan’s representation at WHO meetings after the self-ruled democracy elected Tsai Ing-wen, a China skeptic, as Taiwan’s president in 2016 and again in 2020. Other analysts said Wednesday’s G-7 communique underscores the deep and abiding concern Western countries plus Japan have about China’s increasingly coercive activities in the Indo-Pacific region.
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