Virus Outbreak: US lawmakers rally support for Taiwan

BIPARTISAN LETTER: The lawmakers urged more than 50 countries to join the US in calling for an end to China’s efforts to exclude Taiwan from international bodies

Taipei Times
Date: May 10, 2020
By: Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter

The WHO headquarters is pictured in Geneva, Switzerland, on Jan. 22.
Photo: EPA-EFE

Bipartisan members of the US Congress on Friday wrote to leaders of more than 50 countries urging them to support Taiwan’s participation at the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA), adding that the WHO has repeatedly refused to accept monetary donations directly from Taiwan.

The move is significant, as it is the first time that US lawmakers have written directly to foreign government leaders to rally support for Taiwan’s WHA bid, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) said, thanking the US lawmakers for their support.

The 73rd session of the WHA, the decisionmaking body of the WHO, is to meet virtually on May 18 and 19.

Taiwan participated in the WHA as an observer from 2009 to 2016, but has not been invited since    [FULL STORY]

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