WHA snub would be an insult: minister

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Taipei Times
Date: May 02, 2017
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter, with CNA

Denying Taiwan the right to participate in this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA)

Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee speaks at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday. Photo: CNA

would be “a further insult to Taiwanese,” Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) said yesterday.

Lee made the remark in response to a question by New Power Party Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) at a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee.

The WHA is to meet in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 22 to 31.

Taiwan first attended the WHA as an observer in 2009, a year after former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration came to power, adopting a conciliatory policy toward Beijing.    [FULL  STORY]

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