Lawmakers from across the political spectrum protested China's obstruction of Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA) at a legislative plenary session yesterday. \nDue to Beijing's opposition, a motion presented by Taipei's diplomatic allies for Taiwan to take part in the WHA, the highest decision-making body of the WHO, as an observer was killed at a WHA steering committee meeting held in Geneva Monday. \nIt marked the sixth time that such a proposal failed to make it onto the agenda of the annual WHA meeting. \nAddressing a Legislative Yuan plenary session, TSU Legislator Chien-Lin Hue-jyun (錢林慧君) said it was deplorable that Beijing has used political means to block Taiwan's participation in a non-political global organization. \nStressing that Taiwan's participation in the WHA would contribute to the upgrading of global health care and medical services, Chien-Lin said China's move has impaired the rights of the people of Taiwan to better health care and hindered general advancement in relevant fields. \nLo Jhih-ming (羅志明), the TSU's deputy legislative whip, said he was hopeful that the large number of Taiwanese investors across the Strait would tell China's leaders that Taiwan has every right to take part in WHA activities. \nAnother TSU lawmaker, Ho Min-hao (何敏豪), urged the people of Taiwan to stand united in support of the government's efforts to push for the nation's participation in the global health body and fight against Beijing's diplomatic embargo. \nHo also expressed his regret over the failure of the US to speak up on behalf of Taiwan's bid for observer status in the WHA at Monday's meeting in Geneva. \nLawmakers from the ruling DPP and the main opposition parties -- the KMT and PFP -- also blasted Beijing's obstruction of Taiwan's presence in the WHA. \n Members of the three parties called on major countries around the world not to yield to Beijing's pressure to deprive Taiwan of its legitimate right to participate in world organizations and access global conferences.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
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