By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Health and Welfare Minister Lin Tzou-yien expressed sympathy Friday with
the public over his failure to use the name ‘Taiwan’ during a speech at the World Health Assembly.
He made the statement at a news conference Friday morning after having briefed President Tsai Ing-wen about his stay in Geneva for the May 23-28 health conference.
Taiwan’s participation in the WHA was controversial this year because it coincided with the Tsai Administration’s swearing-in on May 20. In its invitation letter, the World Health Organization had insisted Taiwan use the term ‘Chinese Taipei’ and “respect the One China Principle,” a phrasing clearly inspired by Beijing.
Lin caused consternation with many Tsai supporters in Taiwan when a five-minute address to the WHA named ‘Chinese Taipei,’ but not Taiwan. [FULL STORY]