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EU, Japan and Canada support Taiwan

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced their support of Taiwan’s bid to join the World Health Organization (WHO) respectively on January 29 and 30.

The Spokesperson of the European External Action Service Virginie Battu-Henriksson told the Central News Agency in a written response that while the EU only maintains observer status in the WHO, it is supportive of Taiwan’s participation in the body.

President Tsai Ing-wen and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs thank Abe, Trudeau, the European Union as well as other international friends who have recently voiced support for Taiwan’s inclusion in the WHO.

Taiwan committed to combating Wuhan coronavirus

On 30 January, at a special news conference that followed a national security meeting, President Tsai Ing-wen said that the government is taking all requisite steps to minimize the risk of an outbreak of pneumonia caused by the Wuhan coronavirus, while mulling measures to minimise the virus’ impact on the economy.

Tsai said central and local governments are coordinating their efforts and are providing the public with the latest information. The central government is also taking measures to stabilize the supply of medical supplies and surgical masks, and it will tighten the health screening of people arriving from China.

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