Wed, May 21, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Lawmakers hit out at WHA block

By Fiona Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

TSU legislators Hsu Den-kuon, Chen Chien-ming, Lo Chih-ming and Chien Lin Whei-jun, left to right, yesterday wear masks with fellow TSU lawmakers to protest against China's repeated obstruction of Taiwan's entry into the World Health Assembly.

PHOTO: CHIEN JUNG-FUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

The DPP legislative caucus yesterday showed outrage at China's blockage of the nation's bid to join the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer.

"Everyone in this country should tongue lash Beijing because it has silenced Taiwan's voice," DPP Legislator Chiu Chui-chen (邱垂貞) said.

"The Chinese authorities have pulled out all the stops to exclude Taiwan from the UN health body while, in other issues, pretending to be the country's best friend," Chiu said.

DPP Legislator Lai Ching-te (賴清德), a former doctor, said that Beijing has continually tried to suppress Taiwan and the exclusion from the WHA should force a review of cross-strait policy.

"The country suffered a similar setback when Beijing announced its new diplomatic ties with Nauru on the day that President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) took over as DPP chairman," Lai said.

"This shut out should force the government to try and walk its own path," he said.

DPP Legislator Tang Bi-a (唐碧娥) said, "This is not an issue about politics but about human rights. China's objection to Taiwan's desire to join the international effort against SARS is scandalous."

Tang added that that the public should show its disgust over China's dirty tricks by boycotting Chinese products.

Earlier yesterday, the TSU legislative caucus also hit out at China's actions at the WHO.

The TSU said that Beijing's action was "dictatorial and shameless."

"The public should understand the nature of the Chinese government and stop harboring fantasies about China," the TSU legislative caucus whip, Chien Lin Whei-jun (錢林慧君), said.

The TSU called for a condemnation by both ruling and opposition lawmakers over China's blocking tactics.

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