ICAO misrepresents Taiwan as “province of China” in press release on economic impact of coronavirus

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) referred to Taiwan as a province of China in a press release forecasting the economic impact of the Wuhan coronavirus on international airlines, February 13. Using the World Health Organization’s (WHO) freshly-designated name COVID-19, which was coined to avoid reference to the original source of the epidemic in a capital city of a province of China, the press release noted that 70 airlines have cancelled international flights to and from China, and that a

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Taiwan president thanks Philippine friends after travel ban lifted

President Tsai Ing-wen expressed her gratitude to “friends from all walks of life” in the Philippines for their support, after a cabinet-level meeting resulted in a lifting of a travel ban by the Philippine government, today, February 14. Philippine presidential spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo announced that the Philippines has lifted the travel ban imposed Feb. 10, effective immediately. The announcement came after what was described as “a heated debate,” according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, quoting anonymous Philippine officials. Thousands

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AIT: The United States strongly Supports Taiwan’s participation in World Health Assembly

After the World Health Organization failed to send an invite to Taiwan to attend the 71st World Health Assembly, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) affirmed the United States’ firm support for Taiwan to participate in the WHA as an observer. The WHA is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), and is attended by delegates from all member-states. This year’s meeting will be held May 21 to 26 in Geneva, Switzerland. AIT posted in Chinese and English

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