The United States criticizes the Twitter actions of the UN aviation agency

WASHINGTON: The US Department of State UU. He has criticized a scandalous decision by a UN aviation agency to block Twitter followers who asked why he refused to work with Taiwan.

While the spread of the new coronavirus in central China has caused alarm throughout Asia He also highlighted the increase in the isolation of the autonomous island of world organizations under the pressure of Beijing.

Last month, the Montreal-based ICAO Twitter account, which does not deal directly with Taipei and only recognizes Beijing, blocked users who suggested it should work with Taiwan.

The state department on Saturday qualified the ICAO decision to block users, including academics and analysts from Taiwan and China, as outrageous, unacceptable and not appropriate for a UN organization.

Freedom of expression should always replace the political insecurities of member states, the statement said, asking the agency to reverse the blockade.

Neither ICAO nor the World Health Organization (WHO) based in Geneva will deal directly with Taiwan and will only recognize Beijing.

This is because the People's Republic of China has been since 1971 the only one of the two that has a seat in the United Nations .

Taiwan, which has ten confirmed cases of the virus and is an important regional air center, was often allowed to attend annual assemblies and parallel meetings of such agencies as an observer.

The outbreak of coronavirus has caused calls to international organizations to allow the inclusion of 23 million people on the island.

But when academics and analysts made such suggestions on Twitter, many found themselves blocked by ICAO, which is currently run by Fang Liu, a former civil aviation official from China.

ICAO tweeted that the account had not blocked anyone for asking anything about anywhere.

In another statement on its website, the agency said: Users who repeatedly base their questions or statements on inaccurate, compromising or offensive material will be considered irrelevant for the constructive speech and their publication will be blocked in our accounts.