Health concerns meet politics amid Taiwan’s WHO exclusion

Health concerns meet politics amid Taiwan’s WHO exclusion

FILE - In this May 11, 2007, file photo, then Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian, center, answers questions from Geneva-based journalists during a video conference where he protested the World Health Organization's rejection of the island's latest bid for membership, at the Presidential Palace in Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan has called repeatedly for it to be allowed to participate in WHO, from which it has been barred by China. So strong is China’s diplomatic pressure that Taiwan can no longer take part in the organization’s annual World Health Assembly, even as an observer. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, Feb, 8, 2020, file photo, an epidemic prevention worker in a protective suit stands by to get on board the cruise ship SuperStar Aquarius which was denied right to dock by Japan over fears of spread of virus and returned to dock at Keelung port in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Organization is pitting health concerns against geopolitics during the current crisis over a new virus. Taiwan has called repeatedly for it to be allowed to participate in WHO, from which it has been barred by China. So strong is China’s diplomatic pressure that Taiwan can no longer take part in the organization’s annual World Health Assembly, even as an observer. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, Feb, 8, 2020, file photo, Taiwanese officials stand by as the cruise ship SuperStar Aquarius which was denied right to dock by Japan over fears of spread of virus returned to dock at Keelung port in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Organization is pitting health concerns against geopolitics during the current crisis over a new virus. Taiwan has called repeatedly for it to be allowed to participate in WHO, from which it has been barred by China. So strong is China’s diplomatic pressure that Taiwan can no longer take part in the organization’s annual World Health Assembly, even as an observer. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)

Health concerns meet politics amid Taiwan’s WHO exclusion

FILE - In this May 11, 2007, file photo, then Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian, center, answers questions from Geneva-based journalists during a video conference where he protested the World Health Organization's rejection of the island's latest bid for membership, at the Presidential Palace in Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan has called repeatedly for it to be allowed to participate in WHO, from which it has been barred by China. So strong is China’s diplomatic pressure that Taiwan can no longer take part in the organization’s annual World Health Assembly, even as an observer. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, Feb, 8, 2020, file photo, an epidemic prevention worker in a protective suit stands by to get on board the cruise ship SuperStar Aquarius which was denied right to dock by Japan over fears of spread of virus and returned to dock at Keelung port in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Organization is pitting health concerns against geopolitics during the current crisis over a new virus. Taiwan has called repeatedly for it to be allowed to participate in WHO, from which it has been barred by China. So strong is China’s diplomatic pressure that Taiwan can no longer take part in the organization’s annual World Health Assembly, even as an observer. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, Feb, 8, 2020, file photo, Taiwanese officials stand by as the cruise ship SuperStar Aquarius which was denied right to dock by Japan over fears of spread of virus returned to dock at Keelung port in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Organization is pitting health concerns against geopolitics during the current crisis over a new virus. Taiwan has called repeatedly for it to be allowed to participate in WHO, from which it has been barred by China. So strong is China’s diplomatic pressure that Taiwan can no longer take part in the organization’s annual World Health Assembly, even as an observer. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)
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