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Taiwan; World Health Organization: ‘Chinese Taipei’ Listed Separately on Swine Flu Global Updates

(June 19, 2009) A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the disease, influenza A (H1N1, or “swine flu”), cases in Taiwan as being from “Chinese Taipei” and to stop listing them as being those of China. WHO officials made the change after talks with the MOFA, triggered by a protest Taiwan had lodged with the organization.

The statistics for Chinese Taipei are found at the bottom of the tables and in language at the bottom of the map. WHO also includes a disclaimer on the map, stating:

The boundaries and names shown and the designations used … do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the World Health Organization concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

(WHO Adds 'Chinese Taipei' to Alert Update, TAIWAN TODAY, May 27, 2009, available at; Influenza A(H1N1): Situation Updates, WHO website (last visited June 15, 2009); Map of the Spread of Influenza A(H1N1): Number of Laboratory Confirmed Cases and Deaths [as of June 12, 2009], WHO website,
(last visited June 15, 2009).)