Foreign ministry continues WHA push

The foreign ministry says it is continuing its efforts to secure Taiwan a place at this year's World Health Assembly (WHA). That was the word from ministry spokesperson Eleanor Wang on Tuesday.

The WHA is the convening body of the World Health Organization (WHO). It will hold its annual meeting in Geneva in late May. Taiwan has attended for the past eight years as an observer. This year, however, there has been no invitation. This is due to the Chinese government's boycott of the Tsai Ing-wen administration.

Wang said diplomatic allies as well as countries friendly towards Taiwan have continued voicing support for Taiwan's participation. She repeated President Tsai Ing-wen's recent words that the spread of disease knows no borders and that there should be no reason to exclude Taiwan from global health issues.

Wang said the foreign ministry is not optimistic about Taiwan's chances of being invited, but it is not pessimistic either. She said the government has contingency plans in place if an invitation does not arrive.

Source: Radio Taiwan International