The franctic rush and battle to find immediate solution to China’s Wuhan new coronavirus pandemic threat is getting a different narrative and coverage on the cyberspace, more particularly in the social media platform.
This we gathered after the official Twitter account of the International Civil Aviation Organization or ICAO, which is part of the United Nations, did something least expected.
The account was observed to have spent the past three days beginning Monday banning Twitter users who pointed to the fact it (ICAO) was excluding Taiwan from inclusion in the discussion, cooperation and participation in helping curve the dreaded virus.
The current ICAO body is under the leadership of Secretary General Fang Liu, who was the top ranking aviation official of the People’s Republic of China.
It must be noted here that Liu, follows the doctine the communist mainland tells the world about their one China policy. While Taiwan is an independent and sovereign nation which was never under the rule of China, the people’s republic considers the island a runaway province and part of the regime’s territory.
Hey everyone, check this out– I’ve been blocked by the International Civil Aviation Organization (@icao), a @UN specialized agency, for assumedly tweeting about the need for Taiwan’s inclusion (not membership) in light of a global health crisis. 1/ pic.twitter.com/yEZur36xvp— Jessica Drun (@jessicadrun) January 25, 2020
So ironic that when (Chinese) Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), was dislodged from the membership of the United Nations the world body accepted the mainland as new Chinese representative.
1/10 The @icao communications chief, Anthony Philbin, has provided the most extensive explanation yet for ICAO’s decision to block Twitter users tweeting about Taiwan’s exclusion from the organization and about its heavy use of the block button. Allow me to dissect it. https://t.co/ZuBAdwB6sp— Michael Mazza (@mike_mazza) January 28, 2020
With that membership, all UN bodies, most notable are ICAO and World Health Organization, stopped recognizing and cooperating with the ROC government.
The Republic of China has eight known cases of the novel coronavirus while the mainland has over 6,000 officially reported cases.
Our @TelegraphWorld story on the @icao #Taiwan debate is up. Important to stay focused on the key qu of whether Taiwan’s exclusion from ICAO has an impact on the world’s aviation security system or if safety is at all compromised https://t.co/T4zy1vgw2b 1/— Nicola Smith (@niccijsmith) January 29, 2020
Meanwhile, below is a vlog by a foreign teacher working in Wuhan covering present time while the city is in a virtual ‘bubble wrap’ under quarantine as the deadly coronavirus continues to spread across China .