Beijing to India: Adhere to One China Policy
Beijing has called on the Indian government to honor the One China Policy and conduct its foreign policy in line with China's core interests.
This comes after a Taiwanese delegation paid a visit to New Delhi, a move that did not sit well with the Chinese government, China Daily reported.
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In a press conference, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stressed that Beijing's leadership opposes both official exchanges and contacts between Taiwan and other countries that have existing diplomatic ties with China.
Geng urged India's leaders to be circumspect in handling diplomatic issues concerning Taiwan, and more importantly, adhere to the One China Policy.
The Chinese official's statement came as a response to a recent trip made by a group of Taiwan lawmakers to India's capital which began last Sunday.
It is worth noting that the visit was the first one made by a Taiwanese delegation since Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen entered office in May this year.
Tsai has been vocal in challenging the One China Policy. She even made a phone call to Donald Trump to personally congratulate him for winning the presidency.
Despite the apparent breach in protocol, Trump assured President Xi Jinping that the United States would honor the One China Policy.
In the meantime, China is not taking the diplomatic snafu sitting down, as the Chinese government has filed a strong complaint against India over the incident, the South China Morning Post reported.
According to Geng, he has made a "solemn representation" with New Delhi, asking the latter not to have any further official engagements with Taiwan.
The spokesperson also warned against any proposal to upgrade Taiwan-India relations although both countries have not established any formal diplomatic ties.
"It (the One China policy) is a de facto reality...We suffered a lot because of the China policy. We have crafted a pragmatic approach in our diplomatic engagement with major countries, including India, despite these difficulties," Kuan Bi Ling explained to Indian media.