By: Emmanuelle Tzeng, Leaf Chiang and Elizabeth Hsu
Geneva, May 25 (CNA) Taiwan’s health minister has delivered a protest letter to the World Health Assembly (WHA) to complain about its reference to the “one China” principle in its invitation for Taiwan to attend this year’s WHA as an observer.
Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延) told the press Wednesday that he delivered the letter in person May 23 to a legal counsel of the World Health Organization (WHO) — asking the person to hand over it to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.
In the letter, he wrote that the principle behind Taiwan’s attendance at the WHA is to be professional and pragmatic, and to contribute to and participate in the global health system, Lin said when he revealed the content of the letter to reporters.
He also pointed out that Taiwan’s participation has nothing to do with politics or the “one China” principle, according to Lin, who is heading a Taiwan delegation attending the 2016 WHA in Geneva from May 23-28. [FULL STORY]