Taiwan and allies pushing to participate in WHA

Taiwan and its allies are asking the World Health Organization (WHO) to invite Taiwan to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA). The WHO has not sent an invitation to Taiwan this year.

Taiwan's diplomatic allies have written to the WHO director to propose that the issue of inviting Taiwan to participate in the WHA as an observer be included in the agenda of the meeting. The WHA will meet from May 22-31 in Geneva.

At the legislature on Monday, health official Hsu Min-huei responded to questions about whether Taiwan can attend the WHA as an observer.

There are a lot of unpredictable factors this year. We have to be able to get into the assembly in order to be an observer. If we cannot get in, then we cannot be an observer. We are working with the foreign ministry to be able to become an observer, but there is much uncertainty about whether we can get in," said Hsu.

Deputy Foreign Minister Wu Chih-chung said that Taiwan will send a delegation to Geneva to hold meetings with WHO members at the WHA. The ministry also plans to hold a press conference in Geneva.

Taiwan first participated in the WHA as an observer in 2009 after President Ma Ying-jeou took office and has participated every year until this year. This year's exclusion is seen as a move by Beijing to limit Taiwan's international participation under President Tsai.

Source: Radio Taiwan International