Taiwan Fights to Attend International Forums in 2017, Despite Beijing’s Interference

Here we go again: Taiwan’s participation in international organizations continues to be undermined and blocked by Beijing.

The News Lens
Date: 2017/04/24
By: ZiQing Low

Amid continued pressure from Beijing, Taiwan looks set to continue to receive the cold

Photo Credit: Reuters / 達志影像

shoulder at a range of international events this year.

Despite efforts by the Taiwanese government to secure an invitation to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) secretariat has yet to decide whether or not to issue one to the country, Taipei Times reports. The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the WHO and will convene this year from May 22-31 in Geneva. Taiwan still hopes to receive an invitation, but the deadline for online registration is May 8.

In light of Beijing’s efforts to undermine Taiwan’s position in the international community, it remains to be seen if Taiwan will eventually be invited to the WHA. However, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) has said he will lead a delegation to Geneva even if Taiwan does not receive an invitation.    [FULL  STORY]

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