Doug Bereuter's Remarks During June 23, 1999 Mark-up Hearing
on WHO Membership for Taiwan Bill (HR1794)
resolution was introduced on May 13th, 1999 by Representative
Brown of Ohio, a member of the subcommittee. Also
co-sponsoring this legislation are Chairman Gilman, Mr.
Rohrabacher, Brown, Chabot, Wu, Andrews, Hall, Bereuter,
Davis, Lantos, Ackerman, Berman, Wexler and Faleomavaega."
World Health Organization is a non-political, UN-affiliated
agency with 191 participating entities. It seeks to
provide the highest possible level of health for all people.
There is strong support for the people of Taiwan being afforded
the opportunity to participate in a meaningful way in the
World Health Organization and take advantage of information
and services offered by the WHO."
the fact that international travel makes transmission of
communicable diseases much more prevalent, it is illogical
to deny WHO services to Taiwan's population of more than
20 million people. In addition, there is no doubt
much that Taiwan can offer in terms of medical and pharmaceutical
expertise. Their longevity rate is about the highest
in Asia for example. Taiwan has good expertise in
certain areas a number of ailments where we in the West
lack expertise. The chance for cooperation I think
resolution offered by our colleague from Ohio specifically
states that Taiwan and its people should have "appropriate
and meaningful participation in the World Health Organization,"
solving the difficulties that we have on the sovereignty
issue with the WHO."
I believe that one cannot justifiably argue with that proposition
that they should have appropriate and meaningful participation,
to try and be afforded that opportunity. The resolution
also requires the administration report on what it has done
to support and promote that participation. Again,
I think this is a reasonable request so long as the report
is done in a manner, which does not telegraph US strategy
to those who wish to deny Taiwan's appropriate participation."