WASHINGTON—In a video released today, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to invite Taiwan to participate in the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA). Joining him in calling for Taiwan’s participation in the WHA are subcommittee chairman Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, respectively.
Senator Romney’s remarks can be found below:
It’s critical that Taiwan participate in the annual World Health Assembly in May. Excluding Taiwan from participation would play right into the hands of the Chinese Communist Party in its quest to strategically isolate Taiwan from the global community. The United States cannot sit by and allow China excess influence on global organizations. I stand in support of the Taiwanese people, who continue to stand up for freedom and democracy, holding strong against the Chinese Communist Party.