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Taiwan Protests WHO Over Bird-Flu Listing


Taiwan is protesting a World Health Organization decision to classify the island as an area affected with human cases of bird flu, after the agency published a map recognizing Taiwan as part of mainland China.

Foreign Minister James Huang said Friday that the map will damage Taiwan's image, and noted that the island is not part of China.

The W.H.O maps show countries with confirmed human cases of bird flu highlighted in yellow. Taiwan is marked in yellow, even though the island has not reported a human case of the virus. Ten people in mainland China have died from the virus.

China and Taiwan split after a civil war in 1949, but Beijing still claims Taiwan as part of its territory.

The United States recognizes the People's Republic of China as China's sole legal government, and acknowledges Beijing's position that there is but one China and Taiwan is part of it.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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