Radio Taiwan International
The foreign minister, David Lee, said the next month would be crucial for
Taiwan’s prospects of securing an invitation to this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA).
The WHA is the convening body of the World Health Organization (WHO). This year’s assembly will take place in Geneva at the end of May. Taiwan has in recent years attended the WHA as an observer. But Taiwan has not yet received an invitation and the country’s place at the table this year is under threat. That’s because of pressure from China, which has boycotted the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen.
Lee said the government is continuing its efforts and is maintaining contact with the WHO secretariat in Geneva. Meanwhile, the health minister, Chen Shih-chung, said it would be wrong for the WHO to leave Taiwan out in the cold.