Taiwan condemns China for blocking Taiwan from World Health Assembly
TAIPEI - Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has condemned China "in the strongest possible terms" for blocking Taiwan's participation in the 72nd World Health Assembly meeting from May 20-28 in Geneva -- on the basis of the 'one China principle'.
Forcing the World Health Organisation to exclude Taiwan from the WHA ran counter to the principle set out in the U.N. agency's constitution that enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health was a fundamental right of every human being, MOFA said.
"Such barbarian conduct blatantly ignores the health and well-being of the 23 million people of Taiwan," it added, saying that the decision would "only harden hearts and evoke public resentment".
MOFA urged like-minded countries to rally behind Taiwan "as the Government battles to give the people a voice in U.N.-affiliated organisations".
"It is time for the international community to squarely face the evil nature of China's government," the Ministry said. "Appeasement will only fuel its ambitions and lead to untold consequences." www.mofa.com.cn (ATI).