A Taiwanese non-government organization said Sunday that several international organizations have condemned China for obstructing its participation earlier this month in a U.N.-affiliated meeting on rarely seen disorders.
The Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders (TFRD) said the institutions, including U.S.-based National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and the European Organisation for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS), have written to it to express their support.
According to foundation Chairman Tseng Min-chieh (???), Mary Dunkle, vice president of NORD's educational initiatives, said the TFRD is an excellent organization and the Chinese objection was shameful conduct.
EURORDIS Chief Executive Officer Yann Le Cam also said he felt angry about the treatment Taiwan received, Tseng said.
Still others voiced similar views, stressing that it requires joint efforts across the political spectrum to fight against rare diseases worldwide, he said.
Tseng said that even though he felt upset about being unable to represent Taiwan and contribute to the global issue, he believes further endeavors are necessary, because the issue of rare diseases "has never been addressed by the U.N."
"We are not going to feel resentful about the incident," he said, adding that there remains much to do to help rare disease sufferers.
Tseng was scheduled to give a keynote speech on Nov. 11 at the Global Gathering for Rare Diseases: Inaugurating the NGO Committee for Rare Diseases, and to explain how Taiwan can contribute to the U.N. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
On the morning of that day, however, China protested to the committee against Taiwan's participation, according to the foundation.
As a result, Robert Hejdenberg, president of the rare disorder center Agrenska Sweden, informed Tseng that he would not be allowed into the venue, the foundation said.
Taiwan was prepared to keep a low profile at the meeting to avoid obstruction by China, the foundation said.
Cross-strait relations have cooled since President Tsai Ing-wen (???) took office on May 20, due mainly to China's insistence that the "1992 consensus" must remain the political foundation for the development of cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges, and the Tsai administration's reluctance to accept that.
The "1992 consensus" refers to a tacit understanding reached in 1992 between China and Taiwan, under the then-Kuomintang government, that there is only one China, with both sides free to interpret what that means.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel