Twelve of Taiwan''s allies have so far spoken out for Taiwan at this year''s U.N. General Assembly session. On day five of the meeting on Saturday, Saint Lucia, Eswatini, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti and Tuvalu all voiced their support for Taiwan''s inclusion in the U.N. system. Taiwan''s Central American ally Nicaragua is expected to add its support for Taiwan on the last day of the session on Monday. Worthy of mention is Japan, which has no official ties with Taiwan, talked about a "geographical blank space" as the world grapples with health issues. The blank space has largely been interpreted as a reference to Taiwan.

On day five of the 76th session of the U.N. General Assembly, countries that have official diplomatic ties with Taiwan continued to voice their support on the world stage.

Cleopas Dlamini

Prime minister, Eswatini

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan is in solidarity with U.N. member states and made a significant contribution in realizing the theme of this year’s session. The Kingdom of Eswatini can attest to the fact that Taiwan is an indispensable partner and would, if given the opportunity, play a meaningful role in the global body.

Ralph Gonsalves

Prime minister, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

It’s a thriving democracy and it has a right to ask for meaningful inclusion in the relevant global institutions. New times demand fresh solutions, not old-fashioned hegemonic responses.

Philip J. Pierre

Prime minister, Saint Lucia

We continue to plead the case to advance the cause to be acceptable as a legitimate participant in the global decision-making process.

At the current session, 12 nations, including Palau and the Marshall Islands, have spoken out on behalf of Taiwan. Two allies have been the exception: The Holy See and Honduras. The latter has refrained from doing so for the sixth consecutive year. However, Japan, which has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan but is growing closer with Taiwan in recent years, did refer to Taiwan, in a roundabout way.

Suga Yoshihide

Prime minister, Japan

This experience has taught us that there shouldn’t be geographical blank space when we deal with issues at the W.H.A. What’s important is that all countries and regions should able to immediately and widely share relevant messages and knowledge in a free and transparent fashion.

The “geographical blank space” Suga referred to has largely been seen as an allusion to Taiwan, and his statement has been interpreted as a call for Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly, in spite of Beijing’s opposition.