World Health Summit in Taipei to drum up support

Taiwan will seek to garner more support from other nations at the 2017 World Health Summit, scheduled for October in Taipei. That's the word from the health minister, Chen Shih-chung, on Friday.

Chen recently led a delegation to Geneva during the World Health Assembly and held 59 bilateral meetings and two technical meetings with representatives from other nations. That's after Taiwan was barred from attending from this year's WHA due to political pressure from China.

Chen told Radio Taiwan International on Friday that his efforts led to multiple nations voicing their support for Taiwan to participate in the WHA. He said the health ministry will continue to garner support from other nations during the World Health Summit in October.

We will be holding this summit and welcoming many friends to Taiwan. We will showcase our soft power to other nations. I think Taiwan is at a disadvantage compared to China in terms of political influence. However, we will win out if others can hear the rightness of our cause. Some other democratic nations have also voiced their support. I believe this will attract more nations to lend a helping hand to Taiwan. I believe the summit will be a success," said Chen.

Chen said Taiwan will mobilize all of its resources in its bid to join next year's WHA.

Source: Radio Taiwan International