Fri, Mar 03, 2017 - Page 8 News List

US must aid Taiwan’s WHO entry

By Peter Chen 陳正義

Brown concurred: “Taiwan’s participation in the annual week-long WHA meeting as an observer, and not a WHO full member, is a Pyrrhic victory with limited benefits. The bottom line is that China continues to play politics with the lives of the people of Taiwan by blocking Taiwan’s full access to the WHO.”

It therefore behooves the US to tell Beijing that if it does not let Taiwan attend the WHA meeting, Washington will send US Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price to Taiwan to experience first-hand how it is battling its perennial challenge of avian flu outbreaks.

It seems obvious that Taiwan’s full membership in the WHO is not simply in the interests of the 23 million people of Taiwan; it is of critical importance to the US and to the rest of the world, too.

Peter Chen is president of the Washington-based Formosan Association for Public Affairs.

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