China, on May 9, rejected Taiwan’s efforts to attend a World Health Organization meeting set for later this month.

Speaking at a news briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian said that Taiwan’s participation in international organizations, including the WHO, must be handled in accordance with the “One China” principle.

Zhao then went on to say that Beijing “cannot agree with the Taiwan region’s participation” in this year’s meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA).

The 75th World Health Assembly will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 22 to 28.

Zhao’s statements came after Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu informed lawmakers that his country still seeks an invitation to the 75th WHA.

Previously, Taiwan attended the WHA as an observer from 2009 to 2016. However, when relations between Beijing and Taipei became tense, Beijing blocked Taiwan from taking part in the event.

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