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No information from China on WHA bid talks: spokesman

No information from China on WHA bid talks: spokesman

The government has not received any information about talks with China on Taiwan's bid to take part in the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting, Presidential Office spokesman Wang Yu-chi said late Tuesday.
Wang was responding to reports that Beijing is open to dealing with issues regarding Taiwan's participation in the WHA - the decision-making arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) - in line with a joint communique issued after a meeting in Beijing in 2005 between then-Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan and Chinese President Hu Jintao.
The reports quoted an unidentified KMT official as saying that when Hu met with Lien on the sidelines of the annual Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) leaders' summit in Peru, he expressed the hope that President Ma Ying-jeou would send delegates to Beijing to discuss the WHA issue.
Lien, now the KMT's honorary chairman, served as Ma's envoy at the Nov. 22-23 APEC summit held in the Peruvian capital of Lima.
Wang said the government has been working toward its goal of securing participation in the 2009 WHA to be held next May in Geneva.
As to how Taiwan will participate in the annual WHA activities, Wang said the government has not yet received any further information.
Because of Beijing's sovereignty claim, Taiwan has been barred from taking part in international organizations or activities that require statehood, including the United Nations and the U.N.-affiliated WHO and its governing body, the WHA.
Lien's office would not comment on the latest reports about Hu's hope of President Ma sending delegates to China for talks on WHA issues.
Although the KMT returned to power in May this year, senior party officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there is little chance that Taiwan's WHA participation issue will be addressed through the KMT-CPC dialogue platform.