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Taiwan 'Capable and Willing' to cooperate with other countries to fight COVID-19

In spite of the controversy that World Health Organization (WHO) appears to snub Taiwan's membership to the international health agency,   President Tsai Ing-wen said  Taiwan is "capable and willing" to cooperate with other country in battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

It can be recalled that a video interview between Hong Kong’s RTHK and  WHO assistant general-director Bruce Aylward  went viral after Alyward seemed to avoid a question about granting Taiwan a membership.

In the video, the WHO official said that he was unable to hear the reporter and requested to proceed on the next question when the RTHK interviewer asked  whether the WHO would consider giving Taiwan membership.

Later on, Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu posted in twitter emphasizing that WHO should “set politics aside in dealing with a pandemic."

President Tsai, on the other hand, replied to WHO by saying “hoped that all countries after experiencing this outbreak would better understand Taiwan's capabilities and areas of contribution, to seriously consider Taiwan's participation in the global response to the pandemic.”

Meanwhile, WHO issued a statement asserting that Taiwan's membership “is up to WHO Member States, not WHO staff,” but the organization is working with all health authorities including Taiwanese medical experts in facing the pandemic.

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