Allies lobby for Taiwan’s inclusion at WHA

A number of Taiwan's diplomatic allies are submitting proposals to the WHO calling for Taiwan's inclusion in this year's World Health Assembly (WHA).

The WHA's annual meeting is attended by all WHO member countries and focuses on a specific health agenda each year. This year's meeting opens in Geneva on May 22. Since 2009, Taiwan has attended the WHA as an observer under the name Chinese Taipei. However, the government did not receive a letter of invitation this year. This is understood to be on account of the Chinese government's boycott of the Tsai Ing-wen administration.

On Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Eleanor Wang said the WHO will discuss whether to add proposals calling for Taiwan's inclusion to its agenda and then send its recommendations to the WHA. However, Wang said the issue is unlikely to be put to a vote because the agenda is already full, with the schedule set to include the election of a new WHO director-general.

Wang said the foreign ministry hopes instead to have proposals supporting Taiwan entered into the WHA's records. Wang said the foreign ministry is not yet able to give the total number of diplomatic allies speaking on Taiwan's behalf because new proposals are still coming in.

Source: Radio Taiwan International