By: Tai Ya-chen and Y.F. Low
Taipei, May 9 (CNA) The mention of the “one China principle” by the World Health Organization
(WHO) in its invitation for Taiwan to attend the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) is an attempt to denigrate the country’s status, Taiwan’s National Security Bureau (NSB) said Monday.
The bureau made the statement in a report to the Legislative Yuan’s Foreign and National Defense Committee. Among other things, the NSB’s responsibilities include analyzing developments that could have national security implications for Taiwan.
In a letter dated May 6 to Minister of Health and Welfare Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌), WHO Director-General Margaret Chan invited him to attend the May 23-28 meeting in Geneva. As in the previous seven years, Taiwan has been invited to attend as an observer under the name “Chinese Taipei.”
Unlike previous WHA invitations, however, the WHO mentioned the United Nations Resolution No. 2758, which was passed on October 25, 1971, recognizing the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as “the only legitimate representative of China to the United Nations” and expelling the representatives of the Republic of China (Taiwan). [FULL STORY]