Taiwan strongly protests China's blocking of WHA participation

Taiwan strongly protests China's blocking of WHA participation

Taiwan strongly protests China's blocking of WHA participation

During a general session in January of the World Health Organization executive board, which decided the agenda of this month's WHA meeting, Taiwan could have, but did not, seek the help of its diplomatic allies or friendly countries to ensure its participation in the WHA, he said.

New Power Party Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) said that he "does not know how China expects Taiwan to further suppress and "castrate" itself when the Taiwanese delegation to the WHA had voluntarily referred itself as "Chinese Taipei" at WHA meetings".

Beijing considers Taiwan a renegade province and has vowed to use force, if necessary, to reincorporate it into "one China".

As the nation waited yesterday for an invitation to the World Health Assembly (WHA) - the final day for registration - campaigners and medical groups urged the legislature to issue a formal condemnation of Beijing and support a bid to seek WHA participation under the name "Taiwan" rather than "Chinese Taipei".

The United States "recognizes Taiwan's continued leadership on global health issues" and "continues to strongly support Taiwan's participation as an observer" at World Health Assembly meetings, a USA official said on Tuesday.

Then President Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang (KMT), which favors better ties with the mainland, took office, and from 2009 onwards China allowed Taiwan to observe at the WHA.

Taiwan's top China policymaking office said Beijing's "rigid and confrontational" approach would have serious consequences. "(It will) result in irreversible damage to cross-strait relations".

World Health Organization representatives in Asia and Geneva did not immediately respond to questions.

"Officially the deadline has passed but yet it is my understanding that the discussions are still ongoing and we are also on our side waiting for any developments".

In a statement released Tuesday, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) expressed "strong regret and discontent" over China's suppression of Taiwan's global participation, warning that the latest incident could lead to a further worsening of cross-strait relations.

Tsai's DPP said the government would not bow to China's pressure, saying Beijing's actions "seriously undermine peace and stability in cross-Strait relations".

"In particular, the United States has welcomed Taiwan's participation as an observer at the past eight World Health Assembly meetings", Moriarty added.

"We feel Taiwan's participation in the WHO in some form is desirable in order to strengthen [the world's] response to dangers to public health", Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular press briefing in Tokyo, according to the South China Morning Post.

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