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Media Outlets Examine U.S. Position Toward Taiwan, Country Efforts To Convince WHO To Invite Nation To WHA

CNBC: If the U.S. and China stop feuding on trade, the next clash could be over Taiwan
“…President Donald Trump has warmed to Taiwan via a series of recent actions including arms sales, the appointment of National Security Adviser John Bolton — who has taken a strong pro-Taiwan stance in the past — and encouraging visits between U.S. and Taiwanese officials. … Trump may next push for the island-nation’s participation in an upcoming meeting of the World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization’s decision-making body. The U.S. has supported Taiwan’s inclusion in the past, but with Trump’s pro-Taiwan team in place, ‘it is not unreasonable to see a more vocal and stronger effort this time around,’ said [Thomas Shattuck, research associate at the Foreign Policy Research Institute]…” (Chandron, 4/10).

Intellectual Property Watch: Special Feature: Blocking Taiwan From Joining WHO Affects Global Health Security, Officials Say
“…At the World Health Organization, China is allegedly successfully blocking Taiwan from participating in the annual World Health Assembly, and in a number of WHO technical meetings, officials say. Beyond the political dimension of the dissent between China and Taiwan, the situation may hurt the Taiwanese and global health security, Taiwanese officials said. … This year, new WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Dr. Tedros) has not yet invited Taiwan [to the WHA]. According to sources, a group of like-minded countries supporting Taiwan whose names are undisclosed, is trying to convince the WHO to invite Taiwan, so far without results…” (Saez, 4/9).

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