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Opinion

Taiwan must be allowed to join the World Health Organization

The island's exclusion is a policy for a world that no longer exists

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The virtual 73rd World Health Assembly held in Geneva in May 2020: growing numbers of influential countries seek Taiwan's seat at the table.   © WHO/Reuters

J. Michael Cole is a Taipei-based senior fellow with the Global Taiwan Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Ottawa, Canada.

Once again this year, various countries will call upon the World Health Organization to allow Taiwan to participate in the annual World Health Assembly, the WHO's decision-making body. Since 2017, Taiwan has been denied participation due to interference by China, which argues that Taiwan is part of its territory.

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