Presidential Office protests Taiwan’s WHA exclusion

The Presidential Office has issued a protest against Taiwan's exclusion from this year's World Health Assembly (WHA).

The WHA will open in Geneva on May 22. Taiwan has attended the event for the past eight years as an observer. However, Beijing's boycott of the Tsai Ing-wen administration means Taiwan did not receive an invitation this year before the online registration deadline.

On Tuesday, shortly after the deadline had passed, Presidential Office spokesperson Alex Huang called Taiwan's exclusion unreasonable.

"We express our great regret and dissatisfaction. We call on the World Health Organization to recognize that Taiwan is a link in the world's disease prevention system, to recognize that Taiwan's 23 million people should enjoy the right to health without different treatment, and [to recognize] the appeals of countries from every region and international medical groups," Huang said.

The Presidential Office also said the WHO exists for the health and wellbeing of all people in the world. The office said efforts to exclude Taiwan betray the WHO's founding principles, are unfair to Taiwan's people, and may have a negative effect on efforts to prevent disease.

Source: Radio Taiwan International