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Taiwan envoy to U.S. says not upset over setback for WHO bid

Taiwan envoy to U.S. says not upset over setback for WHO bid

Taiwan's representative to the United States, Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), said Wednesday that he was not upset even though he did not succeed in persuading the United States to back Taiwan's bid to join the World Health Organization as a full member.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Central News Agency, Wu said that he did not feel frustrated, despite the fact that he failed to push the United States to support Taiwan's WHO membership - his first important task since he assumed the post in April.
Member states of the World Health Assembly - the decision-making arm of the WHO - decided not to discuss a proposal on Taiwan's membership application by a vote of 148-17 during the Monday session of its week-long annual conference in Geneva.
It was the first time that the country has sought full WHO membership, instead of WHA observer status, in the name of "Taiwan."
"I did not feel upset because I also gained a lot in the negotiation process with the U.S. side, and that in turn has turned into a driving force to push me forward and has helped me examine the direction my efforts should take," Wu said.
"After conducting negotiations with the United States, I also found that we have obtained substantial progress in many fields that the rest of the world and the media do not know of," he said.
"Although it is impossible to open bilateral talks on signing a Taiwan -U.S. free trade accord at present, we discovered that the United States is paying increasingly greater heed to the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement between the two countries, " he said, voicing his belief that "Taiwan-U. S. relations could be upgraded on future cooperative issues."