Taiwan loses U.N. health discussions bid


GENEVA — Taiwan continues to be frustrated in its effort to join the World Health Organization.

A consensus decision by the 193-nation World Health Assembly means the island nation will remain excluded from major U.N. discussions about global health issues.

Taiwan has tried for more than a decade to become a member of the World Health Organization. It says its officials are the only ones responsible for the health of the Taiwanese people.

But China claims Taiwan is part of China and so it must be represented by the government in Beijing. For that reason, China has pressed for Taiwan’s exclusion.

Gambia and Palau supported Taiwan’s effort to join the global health body.

The World Health Assembly accepted Monday a recommendation by a key committee that it leave the issue of Taiwan off its agenda.