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With the World Health Assembly (WHA) due to convene in Geneva in less than 20 days, Taiwan is considering alternatives should it not receive a formal invitation letter from the body to attend as in past years.
 
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday said the ministry is still optimistic that they will receive an invitation to this month's World Health Assembly (WHA) in time for a Taiwanese delegation to attend.
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday said it is taking all necessary measures to prevent more Taiwanese citizens who have been charged with fraud overseas from being forcefully deported to China.
 
Taiwan sends military vessel, patrol boats to disputed waters
A military vessel is sailing for waters near a Japan-controlled atoll in the western Pacific, keeping a distance from two patrol boats that departed from Kaohsiung on Sunday to protect Taiwanese fishing boats operating there.
 
Head of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW, 衛福部), Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌), said on Monday that if Taiwan fails to receive an invitation to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer constituent, it might participate in sideline activities at the annual conference, as it did prior to 2009.
 
Taiwan sought to increase its maritime posture on the open seas after a fishing spat with Japan last week, deploying two vessels to the vicinity of Okinotori atoll on Sunday.
 
Five Philippine nationals -- four women and one man -- have been deported for a series of thefts they committed in Taipei last month, according to officials of the Taipei City Police Department's Xinyi Precinct.
 
Taiwan will send two patrol ships Sunday to international waters near a Japanese-controlled atoll in the Western Pacific to protect Taiwanese fishermen operating in the area.
 
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen is expected to officially announce plans to attend the inauguration of the expanded Panama Canal, scheduled for June 26, after taking office on May 20, the Chinese-language United Daily News reported on Saturday, citing sources in Panama City.
 
Republican presidential nomination candidate Ted Cruz suggested that the U.S. air carrier USS Stennis should be sent to Taiwan after mainland China denied permission for the vessel to make a port call in Hong Kong.
 
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