Taiwan health minister readies protest over WHA deadlock

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said on April 24 that he already prepared his speech regarding Taiwan’s eventual non-participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA). He is also considering handing in a letter of protest in Geneva if Taiwan is not invited to the event for the third year, he added.

Even though countries like the UK, the U.S., the European Union, and Canada have expressed their support for Taiwan’s participation in international organizations, it is still difficult for Taiwan to receive an invitation to participate in the WHA under alleged pressure from Chinese authorities.

To highlight Taiwan’s contribution to the world public health and medical care, Taiwan has launched the “Health for all, Taiwan can help” campaign at the World Health Assembly two years ago. “It is hoped that the international community can understand the role that Taiwan plays and the substantial contribution that Taiwan can bring in terms of medical and epidemic prevention. Also, Taiwan wants to help developing countries on this matter,” Chen said.