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.
陳時中說，為強調台灣對世界公共衛生與醫療的貢獻，自2年前開始，台灣於世衛大會所倡議主軸為「Health for all，Taiwan can help」，希望國際知道台灣在醫療、防疫上的角色與實質貢獻，且能對發展中國家帶來實質幫助，希望世衛知道台灣的重要性。
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.