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China asks India to adhere to 'One China' policy on Taiwan

With a top-ranking Taiwanese leader visiting India after six decades, China asks India to adhere to the 'one China' policy on the sensitive Taiwan question.

world Updated: Jun 14, 2007 18:25 IST

With a top-ranking Taiwanese leader visiting India after six decades, China on Thursday asked India to adhere to the 'one China' policy on the sensitive Taiwan question and "properly" handle relevant issues.

"We have taken note of the relevant report. We hope that the relevant country can adhere to the 'One China' policy and handle the relevant issues properly," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told PTI here when asked to comment on Taiwanese opposition leader and presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou's visit to India.

Ma is the first top ranking Taiwanese political leader to visit India since late Chiang Kai-shek in 1942.

In the Joint Declaration issued during Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit to India last November, New Delhi had reaffirmed its 'one China' stance.

"The Indian side recalls that India was among the first countries to recognise that there is one China and that its one China policy has remained unaltered. The Indian side states that it would continue to abide by its one China policy. The Chinese side expresses its appreciation for the Indian position," the Joint Declaration had said.