By: Tang Pei-chun, Tai Ya-chen and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, May 22 (CNA) The general committee of the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) on Monday ruled that a proposal on inviting Taiwan to participate in the WHA as an observer will not be included on the conference’s provisional agenda due to China’s strong opposition.
The proposal, which requested the WHA, the decision-making body of the World Heath Organization, to include the Taiwan-related issue on the agenda of the WHA meeting, was brought forth by 11 formal diplomatic allies of Taiwan.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Palau voiced support for Taiwan’s attempt to attend the annual WHA meeting, which kicked off Monday, but the proposal was rejected during the General Committee’s meeting after a debate, mainly due to opposition from China and Cuba. [FULL STORY]