An outraged China lodged a protest with India for hosting a Taiwanese parliamentary delegation in New Delhi. In its protest, China warned India to “prudently” deal with Taiwan-related matters.
In return, India has dismissed China’s protest by saying no”political meanings” should be read into it.
A three-member women’s parliamentary delegation from Taiwan had visited India earlier this week amidst signals of increasing engagement between the two sides.
“China lodged representations with India …We hope that India would understand and respect China’s core concerns and stick to the ‘One-China’ principle and prudently deal with Taiwan-related issues and maintain sound and steady development of India-China relations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told the media in Beijing on Wednesday.
India too immediately put out an explanation why it was not a big deal.
“We understand that a group of Taiwanese academics and business persons, including a couple of legislators, is visiting India. Such informal groups have visited India in the past as well for business, religious and tourist purposes…I understand that they do so to China as well. There is nothing new or unusual about such visits and political meanings should not be read into them,” said External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
China considers Taiwan as part of its mainland and opposes any diplomatic relations or political contacts with Taipei by countries that have diplomatic relations with China.
“The reason why China lodged the representation is because that we have been requiring countries that have diplomatic relations with China to fulfil their commitment to the ‘One China’ principle…So by making our representation we are urging the Indian side to stick to the ‘One China’ principle and take concrete actions for steady development of China-India relations,” Geng explained.
Meanwhile, as of today both India and Taiwan have offices in each other’s country. Taiwan has a Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre in New Delhi and India’s office in Taiwan is called India-Taipei Association.
(With inputs from PTI)