While Trump endorses ‘One China policy’, India adopts strategy to keep Taiwan engaged
NEW DELHI: Even as US President Donald Trump endorsed One China Policy during his recent phone call with Xi Jinping, India has adopted strategy to keep Taiwan engaged by inviting a parliamentary delegation, a move that is likely to raise eyebrows in Beijing.
A women’s parliamentary delegation is undertaking a trip to India from Monday, the first such visit since the new government took charge in Taipei in 2016, Taiwan’s representative to India Chung Kwang Tien told ET. India does not have formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan but maintains a cultural-economic office in Taipei and vice-versa with Taiwan.
The women’s parliamentary delegation from Taiwan will visit India to engage with their counterparts and tour the parliament complex on February 13. High-level visits from India to Taiwan and vice-versa are not very frequent and therefore this trip by the MP-level delegation to India is significant.
Taiwan last year adopted the New Southbound Policy that seeks to engage proactively with six South Asian nations, including India, the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Australia and New Zealand.
Chung said that India was “not one of the, but the most” important country for this new policy of Taiwan.
Speaking at the last Wednesday’s event, Lok Sabha MP from Sikkim PD Rai said that there were a lot of things in common between India and Taiwan
Meanwhile, persons and experts familiar with US-China relations told ET that interesting times are ahead notwithstanding Trump’s endorsement of One China Policy as the US President had invited his Taiwanese counterpart to visit America, and if the visit indeed takes place, it will irk Beijing. Simultaneously, Washington is giving signals of maintaining its strategic interest in East Asia and the Pacific region.