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Canada backs Taiwan's push for role in WHO
Description: Move will annoy China, experts predict.
Date: 09 August 2007
Author: Brian Laghi
Source: Globe and Mail

In a diplomatic move likely to annoy China, the Harper government has supported Taiwan’s campaign for a role in the WHO, a body by which it is unrecognized. The move places Canada alongside Japan and the United States as Taiwan’s chief sympathizers.

UBC Taiwan-China relations expert Wade Huntley said the Chinese worry about any movement giving Taiwan official international recognition. "They are concerned about any movement towards recognizing Taiwan's status as a sovereign entity, even in areas where, for functional reasons, its participation would be really helpful."

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