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With nod from China, Taiwan gets seat at WHO coronavirus forum

Beijing insists 'One China' principle applies to self-ruled island despite concession

The World Health Organization held a two-day forum on the coronavirus in Geneva this week.   © Reuters

TAIPEI/GENEVA -- Taiwanese experts participated in a World Health Organization meeting this week on the coronavirus outbreak, as mainland China made an exception to its usual policy of blocking what it considers a breakaway province from international forums.

The meeting in Geneva, which the Taiwanese participants and others joined via teleconference, covered such topics as treatment methods for the disease that the WHO has officially named COVID-19. The two-day forum wrapped up on Wednesday.

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