Taiwan president slams China over WHA pressure

Taiwan’s goodwill will not change, but it will never yield to pressure: Tsai

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/05/27
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) slammed China over its

President Tsai (right) with Health Minister Chen Shih-chung. (By Central News Agency)

“senseless pressure” to prevent Taiwan from attending the World Health Assembly (WHA) as she met Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) Saturday just hours after he arrived back from Switzerland.

After nine years of attending the annual Geneva meetings as an observer, this year Taiwan did not receive an invitation, mainly due to China’s displeasure at the Tsai Administration’s refusal to state that there is only one China and that Taiwan is part of it.

Despite the absence of an invite, Chen still traveled to the WHA, where he had bilateral meetings with delegations from 31 countries and from 28 organizations.

Taiwan’s participation should not be interfered with for political motives, Tsai said, cautioning that cross-straits relations had been damaged to a certain degree by the events surrounding the WHA.    [FULL  STORY]

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