By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taiwan featured on the world stage twice within a week, the first time with an action that
was unsuccessful but nevertheless attracted much attention, and the second time with an event which was heard around the world.
Following the failure of the World Health Organization to send an invitation to Taiwan to attend the annual World Health Assembly, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) nevertheless still decided to travel to Geneva to defend the country’s case. While unlike nine previous occasions, Taiwan was not allowed to attend proceedings, the minister’s strategy cannot be described as a failure, since it drew public attention and several major powers with official ties to China still dared to defend Taiwan.
However, the second event of the week ended on a positive note and helped the country to receive even more favorable and more widespread international media coverage, proving those wrong who say that only bad news gets reported. [FULL STORY]