Staff writer, with CNA, WASHINGTONChina’s efforts to exclude Taiwan from the World Health Assembly (WHA) are harmful to cross-strait relations, a US Department of State official said on Thursday. “The United States will continue to support Taiwan’s membership in international organizations where statehood is not a requirement for membership, and its meaningful participation in international organizations where statehood is a requirement,” Heller said. “That is why we will continue to support Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the upcoming WHA,” Heller said. The WHO’s decision last year to again deny Taiwan an invitation to participate in the WHA as an observer was “deeply troubling,” he said. China’s saber-rattling would jeopardize peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, he said, urging the US to maintain its support for Taiwan.
Source: Taipei Times March 15, 2019 15:56 UTC