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India dismisses China protest over Taiwanese delegation’s visit, says nothing new

india Updated: Feb 15, 2017 17:37 IST
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Flags of China and India at Vijay Chowk on Rajpath in New Delhi.(Arvind Yadav/HT File Photo)

India on Wednesday dismissed Chinese protest against the visit of a Taiwanese parliamentary delegation in New Delhi, saying that there is nothing unusual and no “political meanings” should be read into these trips.

“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,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

India’s reaction came after Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang in Bejing said his government has lodged a diplomatic protest with India for hosting a Taiwanese parliamentary delegation and asked New Delhi to deal “prudently” with Taiwan-related issues to maintain sound Sino-India ties.

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A three-member women’s parliamentary delegation from Taiwan visited India earlier this week amid signals of increasing engagement between the two sides.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre is located in New Delhi. India’s office in Taiwan is called the India-Taipei Association.

China has been objecting to Taiwanese visits to India, maintaining that countries that have diplomatic relations with it should fulfil their commitment to the ‘One China principle’.