Still no WHA invite for Taiwan as deadline looms

With just one day remaining ahead of the May 8th deadline to register for this year's World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting in Geneva, Taiwan has yet to receive an invitation.

Taiwan has participated as an observer for the last eight years, but China has taken moves to prevent Taiwan's participation in similar organizations ever since President Tsai Ing-wen took office last May.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said Sunday that if the invitation does not arrive by Monday evening � the deadline for registration � then the government will hold a press conference to address the situation.

Last year, Taiwan did not receive its invitation until the last day of registration, and it included special wording stressing the organization's One China principle.

Chen has said that even if Taiwan is not invited, Taiwanese representatives will still travel to Geneva. He says it's possible that they will hold an international press conference there. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister David Lee said Saturday that while the situation does not look optimistic, Taiwan will continue in its efforts.

Source: Radio Taiwan International