Letter sent by China to WHO states that ‘Taiwan Province of China’ shall not participate in WHA
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — For the first time in eight years, Taiwan has been
excluded from attending the World Health Assembly (WHA) due to pressure from China on its governing body the World Health Organization (WHO) including a letter stating “Taiwan Province” should not attend the annual event.
The first paragraph of the letter compliments permanent member nations and then announces Taiwan’s exclusion:
“The Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland presents its complements to all Permanent Missions in Geneva and has the honor to inform the latter that the Chinese Government has decided that Taiwan Province of China shall not participate in the 70th World Health Assembly to be held from 22 to 31 May 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.” [FULL STORY]