By Tang Pei-chun, Lu Hsin-hui and Y.F. Low
Taipei, May 7 (CNA) The “one China principle” mentioned in an invitation for Taiwan to attend the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) was an unilateral statement of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) stance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday.
In a statement, the ministry stressed that Taiwan has participated in the WHA over the past several years based on an understanding that was reached between Taipei and Beijing in 1992 on different interpretations of the meaning of “one China”.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan wrote to Minister of Health and Welfare Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌) Friday, inviting him to attend the May 23-28 meeting in Geneva. As in the previous seven years, Taiwan has been invited to attend as an observer under the name “Chinese Taipei.”
Unlike previous WHA invitations, however, the WHO mentioned the United Nations Resolution No. 2758, which was passed on October 25, 1971, recognizing the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as “the only legitimate representative of China to the United Nations” and expelling the representatives of the Republic of China (Taiwan). [FULL STORY]