India, which has traditionally stuck to a One-China policy — in short, it considers Taiwan a part of China — has not yet taken a stand, but has been in conversation with some of Taiwan’s advocates as well.
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has participated in at least seven group phone calls with counterparts in the US, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Vietnam since March 20 — once every week — as the international community debates whether to let Taiwan attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer.
Four of these seven countries — US, Japan, Australia, New Zealand — are signatories to a demarche, urging the World Health Organisation (WHO) to allow Taiwan to be admitted as an observer because its input will be “meaningful and important”. Other signatories to this demarche are Canada, France, Germany, the UK.
However as we know The COVID-19 Pandemic has sent shockwaves across the world regarding Beijing’s mishandling of the outbreak and has led to several geopolitical shake-ups aimed against China, the most prominent of them being resurgence in support for
Taiwanese cause- which narrowly means supporting its bid for participation at the World Health Assembly of the WHO, and in its widest sense means supporting its demand for independence and official recognition.
China is opposing the move as the US leads a group of powerful countries — all members of the UN Security Council except Russia — to support Taiwan’s claim.
The WHO will meet on May 18 to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and will hold a vote to determine whether to grant observer status to Taiwan at the WHA, its decision-making body.