Taiwan makes last-ditch effort to join annual WHA meeting

Taiwan's government is making a last-ditch effort to participate in this year's World Health Assembly (WHA), which is the convening body of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The annual meeting is scheduled to take place on May 22nd in Geneva. However, Taiwan has yet to receive a letter of invitation from the WHO or a message saying that Taiwan is not invited.

Given the deadline for online registration is 6:00 am, Tuesday morning (Taipei Time), President Tsai Ing-wen took to Twitter again to seek support from the international community.

President Tsai retweeted an article titled 'Taiwan's global health commitment deserves inclusion in the WHA. The article, written by Taiwan's envoy to the United States, Stanley Kao, was published in the Washington Times.

In the article, Kao said the WHO should invite Taiwan to join this year's event as an observer, because of Taiwan's tremendous contributions to global health.

Later, on Monday afternoon, Tsai also retweeted a Japanese language tweet in a similar vein by Taiwan's representative to Japan, Frank Hsieh.

Several countries have already spoken in favor of Taiwan's attendance in this year's meeting, including the United States and Canada.

Source: Radio Taiwan International