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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao's Remarks on WHO's Rejection to Chen Shuibian's Letter

2007-04-25

Q: Chen Shuibian wrote to the Director-General of the World Health Organization the other day, applying for membership of WHO in the name of "Taiwan". WHO Secretariat has rejected to accept the letter. Do you have any comment?

A: The World Health Organization is a United Nations specialized agency whose membership requires sovereignty. According to WHO's constitution, Taiwan is ineligible to join the organization or apply for its membership. WHO's rejection to Taiwan's letter is in line with the constitution. Taiwan Authorities' attempt to stage "Taiwan independence" under the pretext of health issues will never succeed.

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