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In the EU, 26 countries support Taiwan at the World Health Assembly, despite China’s attempts to prevent them from being invited in recent years

By Vaseline May30,2024
In the EU, 26 countries support Taiwan at the World Health Assembly, despite China’s attempts to prevent them from being invited in recent years



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May 30, 2024 12:36 PM IST

Taipei (Taiwan), May 30 (ANI): The European Union and 26 countries have expressed support for Taiwan’s participation at the 77th edition of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, after China exerted pressure to prevent Taiwan from participating the conference would be invited in previous years, Taiwan News reported.
In recent years, China has exerted pressure to prevent Taiwan from being invited to the annual World Health Organization (WHO) conference in Switzerland.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of countries saying the group’s “Health For All” slogan should also apply to Taiwan has grown.
At the May 27-June 1 event, EU representative Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve said the WHO should promote international negotiations and cooperation, leaving no one and no area behind, Taiwan News reported.
German Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said the health agency should reduce its bureaucracy and tap into Taiwan’s professional expertise.

In addition, compared to last year, five more regions and countries have joined to raise their voices in support of Taiwan.
The newcomers included the EU, Netherlands, Latvia, New Zealand and Israel, Taiwan News said, citing a report.
Health ministers and government representatives from the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Luxembourg also made the case for Taiwan’s presence.
The 26 countries and regions included 10 of Taiwan’s 11 diplomatic allies.
Taipei has not been invited, but Minister of Health and Welfare Chiu Tai-yuan has visited Geneva for bilateral meetings with other delegations and for press conferences and exhibitions to support Taiwan’s cause.
Tensions between Taiwan and China have increased in recent months. Last week, China launched two days of military exercises on May 23, encircling Taiwan in what it called “punishment” for so-called “separatist acts.”
However, as tensions continue to escalate in the region, Taiwan remains steadfast in its commitment to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity against potential threats, using a combination of strategic foresight and robust defense capabilities, Focus Taiwan reports. (ANI)

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