Groups slam China for WHA exclusion

PUSH FOR PARTICIPATION:DPP and NPP lawmakers and civic groups urged the government to seek inclusion in international organizations under the name ‘Taiwan’

Taipei Times
Date: May 09, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

As the nation waited yesterday for an invitation to the World Health Assembly (WHA)

From left, Foundation of Medical Professionals Alliance in Taiwan executive director Lin Shih-chia, former deputy minister of foreign affairs Michael Kau, Taiwan-UN Alliance president Michael Tsai, People News chairman Chen Yung-hsin, New Power Party Legislator Freddy Lim and Democratic Progressive Pary Legislator Lee Chun-yi hold a news conference in Taipei to condemn Chinese suppression and call on the government to support a bid to participate in the World Health Assembly under the name “Taiwan. Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

— the final day for registration — campaigners and medical groups urged the legislature to issue a formal condemnation of Beijing and support a bid to seek WHA participation under the name “Taiwan” rather than “Chinese Taipei.”

A coalition of activists and lawmakers called for Taiwan’s participation in the WHA — the decisionmaking body of the WHO — in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 22 to May 31 and condemned China for attempting to exclude the nation from the global disease prevention network.

They urged legislators across party lines to condemn China’s suppression of Taiwan and support the bid to seek formal WHO membership and participation in other international organizations or competitions under the name “Taiwan.”

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋) said the DPP caucus would issue a condemnation by Friday if the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus did not endorse a collective condemnation, which would likely be the case.

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