Still no WHA invite for Taiwan as deadline looms

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-05-07

With just one day remaining ahead of the May 8th deadline to register for this year’s

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung is featured in this CNA file photo.

World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting in Geneva, Taiwan has yet to receive an invitation.

Taiwan has participated as an observer for the last eight years, but China has taken moves to prevent Taiwan’s participation in similar organizations ever since President Tsai Ing-wen took office last May.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said Sunday that if the invitation does not arrive by Monday evening – the deadline for registration – then the government will hold a press conference to address the situation.

Last year, Taiwan did not receive its invitation until the last day of registration, and it included special wording stressing the organization’s “One China” principle.

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