China’s refusal to allow Taiwan into the world’s biggest annual health meeting has ironically resulted in Taiwan becoming the center of attention, says a Taiwan researcher who was at the forum in Geneva.
The News Lens
By: Kai-Yuan (Kyle) Cheng
As the World Health Assembly (WHA) convened in Geneva on May 22, Taiwan was not
given observer status for the first time since 2009.
As happens at each assembly, researchers, students, civil society members and individuals from around the world who are not part of a national delegation also gathered in Geneva to attend the meeting as public attendees to engage in discussions and collect up-to-date information on various global health topics.
This year, given the unique circumstances facing Taiwan – it did not receive an invitation because of pressure from China – the country’s government officials joined the queue of people lining up to request badges to enter the venue. [FULL STORY]