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Taiwan’s Participation in the World Health Organization: The U.S. “Facilitator” Role

  • Jaw-ling Joanne Chang

Abstract

Since 1997, Taiwan’s attempt to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA) has been unsuccessful because of Beijing’s obstruction. On April 28, 2009, Taiwan’s health minister, Yeh Ching-chuan, received a formal invitation from Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), to attend the 62nd WHA in Geneva as an observer under the name of “Chinese Taipei.” The issuance of the invitation was widely seen as the result of improving relations across the Taiwan Strait since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in May 2008. That outcome, however, had much deeper roots that also involved other countries, principally the United States, as well as interactions between China and previous Taiwan governments. This study examines the background of Taiwan’s inclusion as an observer in the annual WHA, reviews the “facilitator” role of the United States, discusses support from other countries, and finally considers the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC’s) posture concerning Taiwan’s participation in the WHO.

Keywords

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Observer Status Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome International Health Regulation World Health Assembly 
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