76TH WHA/Health Minister vows to promote WHA inclusion by expanding global links
Geneva, May 23 (CNA) Despite failing to secure admission this year, Taiwan will not give up efforts to attend the World Health Organization's annual assembly and will continue to expand links with the international community, Health Minister Hsueh Jui-yuan (薛瑞元) said in Geneva Tuesday.
Despite strong international support, Taiwan's bid to attend the 76th World Health Assembly (WHA) from May 21-30 was rejected.
"Everyone knows Taiwan's failure to participate in the WHA is due to China's obstruction," Hsueh said in an interview with CNA, as the forum entered its third day in Geneva.
He added that Taiwan's exclusion will make it impossible to provide information and expertise to other countries, which is an injustice and a loss to the world.
When asked how Taiwan could break through China's block on Taiwan's WHA participation, Hsueh said that although there was no clear solution currently, Taiwan must not give up trying.
He stressed that at present Taiwan's strategy was to make partnerships around the world, adding that the country's increasing strength in biotech and healthcare will be an asset when forming these relationships.
During the WHA on Tuesday and Wednesday, 20 of Taiwan's diplomatic allies and other like-minded countries spoke in support of Taiwan's participation as a WHA observer.
Although Taiwan has not been invited to the forum, Hsueh is in Geneva for private meetings with other delegations.
Taiwan has been blocked from attending the WHA for seven years, following the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party's rise to power.
From 2009 to 2016, while cross-Taiwan Strait relations were warmer under the then Kuomintang government, Taiwan was permitted to attend as an observer.
- Media groups support Taiwanese reporters' rights to cover U.N. eventsInternational media organizations are continuing to urge the United Nations to grant all journalists access to its events, after two Taiwanese reporters were turned away from ...05/24/2023 06:26 PM
- Estonia speaks in support of Taiwan's inclusion at WHA for 1st timeEstonia for the first time on Tuesday called for Taiwan's inclusion in the World Health Organization (WHO) during the third day of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva.05/24/2023 12:17 PM
- Taiwan foreign media club backs CNA reporters barred from covering WHAThe Taiwan Foreign Correspondents' Club (TFCC) on Tuesday voiced support for two Taiwanese reporters from the Central News Agency (CNA) who were barred from covering this week's ...05/23/2023 09:34 PM
Ukraine's national symphony orchestra to perform in Taiwan in September05/31/2023 11:03 PM
Taiwan's Cabinet inaugurates Anti-Fraud Office05/31/2023 10:15 PM
Typhoon Mawar causes flight disruption in Taiwan05/31/2023 09:57 PM
Hon Hai expects triple-digit growth in AI server sales in H205/31/2023 09:43 PM
Lawmakers approve landmark legislation to improve fire safety05/31/2023 09:11 PM