‘Get lost’ – China tells Indian media not to call Taiwan a country
"We hope the Indian media can adhere only to the Indian government's position on the Taiwan question and do not meddle with the 'One China' principle."
Taiwan has accused China of imposing censorship in India after its embassy in New Delhi advised journalists to observe the “one-China” principle — the Indian newspapers carried advertisements for Taiwan’s national day.
The Chinese displeasure comes after some leading Indian newspapers published advertisements by the Taiwan administration to mark Taiwan’s National Day celebration on the 10th of October.
The advertisement featured a photo of the Taiwanese President, Tsai Ing-wen, titled the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), adding, “India and Taiwan are natural partners.”
— Arjun Chander 🇮🇳 (@ArjunChander127) October 7, 2020
China, which claims Taiwan as its wayward province, showed displeasure in an email sent by its embassy on Wednesday to the Indian journalists.
An official statement by the Chinese embassy reads, “Regarding the forthcoming ‘National Day of Taiwan,’ Our Embassy in India would like to remind our media friends in India that there is only one China in the world. The Government of the People’s Republic of China is the only lawful authority representing the whole of China.”
“We hope the Indian media can adhere only to the Indian government’s position on the Taiwan question and do not meddle with the ‘One China’ principle.”
“In particular, Taiwan shall not be ascribed to as a ‘country’ or ‘Republic of China’ or the leader of China’s Taiwan province as ‘President,’ so as not to send the wrong signals to the general public.”
Following this, The Foreign Minister of Taiwan, Joseph Wu, ridiculed Beijing’s advice to the Indian media, saying, “India is the biggest democracy on Earth with a vibrant press and freedom-loving people. However, it looks like communist China is hoping to march into the subcontinent by implementing censorship. Taiwan’s Indian friends will have one reply: GET LOST!” he said in a tweet.
#India🇮🇳 is the largest democracy on Earth with a vibrant press & freedom-loving people. But it looks like communist #China is hoping to march into the subcontinent by imposing censorship. #Taiwan's🇹🇼 Indian friends will have one reply: GET LOST! JW https://t.co/XxkSSxj5ms
— 外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) 🇹🇼 (@MOFA_Taiwan) October 7, 2020
India has no formal strategic relations with Taiwan, but both sides have close business and social ties.
The Indian government has deliberately avoided agitating China over Taiwan. However, things have changed after the recent Ladakh conflict between China and India.
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