U.S. Representative Scott Perry (PA-10) introduced legislation to hold China accountable for its deceitful and deceptive actions at the World Health Organization (WHO) during the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The World Health Act and the Taiwan Sovereignty Act would withhold United States assessed and voluntary contributions to the United Nations and the WHO until significant structural changes are made within both organizations. The legislation directs the United States to withhold funding until such time that representatives from Taiwan are afforded full rights, privileges, and responsibilities, and replace such representatives from mainland China.
“China committed unforgivable sins of omission and deceit during the outbreak of COVID-19 and, as a result, caused unimaginable suffering and death. China’s blatant dishonesty towards the international community cost lives, and the CCP and WHO must be held accountable for their failures,” said Congressman Perry. “The CCP attempted to hide the outbreak from the public, detained doctors, disappeared journalists, and intentionally destroyed testing samples, and the WHO happily coalesced and failed to serve as the independent organization involved. We’ve known for a long time – but now it’s abundantly clear to all Nations - that China is neither a good faith partner nor a responsible actor in the UN. Unlike China, Taiwan is the beacon of democracy in Asia, and throughout COVID-19 has proven to be a reliable and trustworthy partner to the international community.”
Perry is a senior Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and serves on the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation. The World Health Act and the Taiwan Sovereignty Act both await consideration by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.