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Taiwan Vice President Says Island Has ‘Fundamental Right’ To Attend World Health Assembly

TIME: Taiwan’s Vice President Talks to TIME About the Global Health Risks Arising From the Island’s Isolation
“…This year China has blocked [Taiwan’s] attendance [at the World Health Assembly] over Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s refusal to publicly endorse Beijing’s view that the island and the mainland are part of a single Chinese nation. Taipei is infuriated that its exclusion could not only endanger its own 23m citizens, but create a loophole in global health security networks that, it claims, will risk lives across Asia and beyond. On May 15, Taiwanese Vice President Chen Chien-jen sat down with TIME at the presidential office in central Taipei to explain why he believes Taiwan has a ‘fundamental right’ to attend…” (Smith, 5/18).

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