APOLITICALCooperation on healthcare and medicine transcends party politics, which the US has proven with its bill to promote Taiwan to the WHO, the foreign ministry said
Date: Jul 30, 2017
By: Lu Yi-hsuan, Nadia Tsao and Jake Chung / Staff reporters in Washington, with staff writer
US support for Taiwan to participate in next year’s World Health Assembly (WHA)
meeting as an observer must be met with supporting action by the Taiwanese government, former Ministry of Health and Welfare representative to Geneva Chang Wu-hsiu (張武修) said.
Chang’s comments referred to the support of other subcommittee members regarding a bill introduced by US Representative Ted Yoho, who chairs the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. The bill was unanimously passed on Thursday.
The bill aims to improve the US strategy for promoting Taiwan’s participation in the WHO, and instructs the US secretary of state to report on the US
Department of State’s efforts to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the WHA.
Yoho said international health concerns should not be limited to national borders, and it was unfortunate that China has taken a shortsighted view and barred Taiwan from participating in international organizations.