The China Post
Date: November 13, 2016
By: The China Post news staff
TAIPEI, Taiwan — A Taiwanese non-governmental organization said Saturday that Beijing barred its
chairman from making a speech at a United Nations-affiliated meeting on rare diseases in New York last week.
The Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders (TFRD) said China made a last-minute appeal Friday to prevent its chairman Tseng Min-chieh from attending the Global Gathering for Rare Diseases where he had been invited to talk about how Taiwan could contribute to the U.N.’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The foundation said in a statement posted on its website that it was disappointed by China’s “rough political intervention.” Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) both protested China’s “obstructionist” behavior, according to the Central News Agency (CNA).
Wang Ying-wei, head of the MOHW’s Health Promotion Administration, was cited by the CNA as saying that TFRD’s work to help patients of rare diseases had nothing to do with politics, and yet China “oppressed it in an unreasonable manner.” [FULL STORY]