TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said on Wednesday (Dec. 25) that China’s continuous obstruction of Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization (WHO) has rendered the island country unable to share medical information with other parts of the world, not only harming Taiwanese but also adversely affecting Japanese living and working in Taiwan, Liberty Times reported.
Chen made the statement during a reception for visiting Komeito, or Clean Government Party (CGP), members of Japan's House of Representatives.
Taiwan’s absence from the WHO has also created a loophole in global disease prevention, Chen said, according to the news outlet. The vice president added that during the SARS outbreak of 2003, 73 Taiwanese died because Taiwan lacked immediate access to information about the prevention and control of the disease in the international community.
The vice president went on to say that he hoped the delegates would continue to voice their support for Taiwan in the National Diet of Japan and help the country make more active and comprehensive contributions to the international community, according to the report.