Translated by: Himalaya Washington DC – Boylatin1L
On May 13th, U.S. time, U.S. President Joe Biden chose to sign the number S.812 on the last day of the signing deadline. The Taiwan Assistance Bill of 812, will help Taiwan regain its observer status at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the WHO. The bill will take effect from now on. This bill fully demonstrates the United States’ strong support to Taiwan.
From May 22 to May 28, the 75th WHA will be held in Geneva, Switzerland. The White House issued a press release this afternoon announcing that Biden has signed the number S. 812. Bill.
The main sponsor of the bill, Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted that he was delighted to see Biden sign the account into law. And that the law supports Taiwan in biding the observer status at the WHA, the highest authority of the World Health Organization (WHO).
“As Beijing’s aggressive stance toward Taiwan continues to intensify, the United States is once again demonstrating our commitment to ensuring Taiwan’s presence on the international stage,” Menendez said in a statement.
Menendez and Jim Inhofe, co-chairman of the Senate Taiwan Connection, jointly introduced this bill in March last year, hoping to help Taiwan regain its WHA observer status.
The bill won overwhelming bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress. It was passed by the Senate with “unanimous consent” on August 6 last year. On April 27 this year, it gave the House of Representatives 425 votes in favor and 0 votes against it. It will be sent to Congress and delivered to the White House on May 3.
Biden signed the bill into force today and required the Secretary of State to explain to Congress what changes and improvements the United States has made in its plan to assist Taiwan if Taiwan fails to obtain observer status at every WHA session.
The bill points out that Taiwan is a model contributor to global health. Since 1996, it has invested more than US66 billion (approximately NT171.4 billion) to provide international medical and humanitarian assistance to more than 80 countries. However, the bill calls for the virus to have no borders and unnecessarily excludes Taiwan from global health cooperation, increasing the danger of global infectious diseases.
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