Over Two Hundred Cross-National, Cross-Party Legislators Support Taiwan’s Participation in World Health Assembly

On April 28, 2021, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ou Jiang’an said that the WHO should invite Taiwan to participate in this year’s WHA as soon as possible and include Taiwan in all WHO meetings, mechanisms and activities.

The Inter-Parliamentary Coalition on China Policy (IPAC), which has more than 200 members, released a film supporting Taiwan’s participation in next month’s World Health Assembly, including Ami Bera, chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Asia-Pacific panel, and Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. In the film, members of Congress take turns speaking out in support of Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly this year. So far, more than 200 cross-party lawmakers have endorsed the film. Beijing, on the other hand, has reiterated its opposition to Taiwan’s participation in the WHA. (By Chung Kwong-ching, Taipei)

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ou Jiang’an said on Wednesday (28) that in support of Taiwan’s participation in this year’s 74th World Health Assembly (WHA), the U.S. Senate and House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Asia Pacific Panel has taken the initiative to launch a 48-hour continuous social media cross-country campaign.

The campaign began at 10:00 p.m. Taipei time on April 27, 2012, with congressional leaders, members of Congress, and multinational parliamentary organizations from different democracies tweeting and relaying on Twitter and Facebook platforms with the hashtag “#LetTaiwanHelp” to speak out for Taiwan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to invite Taiwan to attend the WHA, which is scheduled to open next May 24.

Ou Jiang’an said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs highly welcomes the U.S. Congress, which leads the world’s democratic countries, to support Taiwan’s participation in the WHA, and also expresses Taiwan’s sincere gratitude to the participating members of Congress.

Ou Jiang’an said: “This is the first time that many friendly countries’ congressional leaders and members of Congress have conducted a cross-country tandem through social media, and the activity is very creative, and together they have raised the voice of justice for our country, showing the strong support of relevant democratic countries for Taiwan’s participation in WHA. This cross-country cascade of support also underscores the fact that the inclusion of Taiwan in the global public health system has become a consensus in the halls of public opinion in many democracies.

Mr. Ou reiterated Taiwan’s willingness to work with other countries to overcome the challenges posed by the New Coronary Pneumonia (COVID-19) epidemic and to make a positive contribution to global epidemic prevention and recovery.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to invite Taiwan to participate in this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA) as soon as possible, and to include Taiwan in all WHO meetings, mechanisms and activities to implement the “Let Taiwan Help” (Let Taiwan Help) demand.

The executive director of the Taiwan United Nations Association, which promotes Taiwan’s participation in the WHA every year, Tseng Tseng Tseng-kai, said in an interview with the station that the actions of U.S. congressmen have been very helpful to Taiwan.

The United Nations Association for the Advancement of Women (UNAATW), which promotes Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly every year, is a group of members of the United States Congress.

According to Tseng Tseng, the hurdle of Taiwan’s participation lies in the WHO Director General. If the WHO does not reform and abolish the power of the director, it will still be difficult for the world’s democratic countries to help Taiwan participate in the World Health Assembly.

Tseng Tseng said: This kind of manipulation, in fact, to the disadvantage of our democratic countries, especially Taiwan this way in the face of China’s suppression, they are afraid to invite, so is Taiwan’s only difficulty now. If the United States can initiate the reform of the World Health Organization, Taiwan will have a better chance to get in. I believe that those members of the WHO Executive Committee should also be very supportive of Taiwan’s participation in the WHO, but it is because the chief executive does not issue invitations, so Taiwan can only wait forever. Even if the United States, Japan, Canada, France, the European Union, Australia, these countries actively appeal, he ignored these countries, Taiwan still the same no way to join.

Tseng Tseng said that this year he will continue to initiate solidarity with Taiwan’s participation in the WHO and is scheduled to hold an international press conference before the WHO conference begins, calling on the WHO to invite Taiwan’s Minister of Health and Welfare, Chen Shih-chung, to attend this year’s conference to share Taiwan’s successful experience in epidemic prevention with the world.

Gergory Meeks, chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, a Democrat, said Tuesday through the official Twitter feed of the Foreign Affairs Committee that Taiwan continues to be interested in participating in the global health system and that she should be part of the global public health dialogue, and that the world can learn a lot from Taiwan. He said Taiwan has excelled in the pandemic and that it is especially important for Taiwan to share its experience and excellent field operations with the world as the world continues to battle the epidemic.