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The federal government has doubled down on its diplomatic stoush with Beijing by calling for Taiwan to be readmitted to the World Health Assembly (WHA) -- the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO) -- as an observer, a status removed at Beijing's behest four years ago.

But unlike the government's quixotic call for a transparent, independent inquiry into the origins and early spread of COVID-19, this time it has chosen the right issue. Conversely it is one that will be at least as difficult to prosecute due to Beijing insistence that it has a right to control Taiwan.

It is timely too, as the COVID-19 crisis and Taiwan’s world-standard response (currently 439 infections and 6 deaths), has triggered a long overdue revaluation of Taiwan internationally. It is here that Australia can and should play a key role.