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Taiwan’s struggle to be recognized

By Lin Shih-chia 林世嘉

In addition, the EU, which has always supported Taiwan’s substantive participation in the WHO, has also expressed dissatisfaction with the restrictions imposed by the world health body.

After seven years of participation and exposure to various forms of pressure, there is no doubt that observer status is more than a simple demotion in name only, it is also a real barrier to participation.

Taiwan existence in the international sphere is contingent on the 2005 memorandum, and documents signed by China and the WHO.

However, there is no doubt that what the government calls the “WHA model” is the result of the “one China” principle that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) insists on, which arose from the so-called “1992 consensus” that the CCP and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) uphold, which is a betrayal of the national interest born of expediency.

The idea that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to “one China” — as was stressed during the meeting between KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) — means that Taiwan’s international participation is set to face the same problems that are apparent in the “WHA model.”

This model has the potential to lock in restrictions on the nation’s effort to gain the recognition of international organizations. It should be discarded immediately.

Lin Shih-chia is executive director of the Foundation of Medical Professionals Alliance in Taiwan and a former legislator.

Translated by Zane Kheir

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