Led by Republican Michael McCaul and Democrat Eliot Engel, the U.S. lawmakers voiced their concerns in a letter over Taiwan’s exclusion from ICAO, which oversees aviation standards and practices. They pointed out that air travel often serves as a major factor in pandemics spread.
Furthermore, the members urged ICAO to evaluate its decision to block social media accounts that raise concerns over Taiwan’s exclusion. The lawmakers said Taiwan has the 11th busiest airport in the world and the ongoing battle against 2019-nCoV demonstrates the importance of including Taiwan in related conversations.
They stressed that denying Taiwan access to important information “recklessly jeopardizes” the health and safety of all 23 million Taiwanese citizens. The letter was signed by representatives, including: Ami Bera, Ted Yoho, Albio Sires, Steve Chabot, Gerald E. Connolly, and Mario Diaz-Balart.
The letter emphasizes that ICAO should include Taiwan as an observer and that global health and aviation safety cannot be political issues. It further highlights that ICAO should reexamine its social media policies and free itself from political manipulation, reported New Talk.