INDIA’S RESPONSE TO TAIWAN ISSUE
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Context: India called for “restraint” over Taiwan and cautioned against “any unilateral action to change the status quo”, while maintaining that its position on the ‘One China’ policy has been “well known and consistent” that doesn’t need any reiteration.
- Like many other countries, India too is concerned at the recent developments. We urge the exercise of restraint, avoidance of unilateral actions to change status quo, de-escalation of tensions and efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region.
- India had maintained a studied silence on the situation as China held military drills near Taiwan after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island.
- China has halted the drills but announced that its “war preparation” would continue.
- As the crisis intensified, China stepped up global diplomacy and reached out to countries in southeast and south Asia, seeking support for its ‘One China’ policy.
- A spokesperson of the Embassy of China here earlier had said that 170 countries had supported the ‘One China’ policy and that China would not “renounce” the option of force in dealing with Taiwan.
- Asked about India’s position on the ‘One China’ policy, Mr. Bagchi said: “India’s relevant policies are well known and consistent. They do not require reiteration.”
- The official comments from the Indian side also reflected New Delhi’s disappointment over the “technical hold” that China placed on the listing for Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Abdul Rauf Asghar at the UN Security Council. Mr. Bagchi described the Chinese move as “unfortunate” and “most uncalled for”.
- India’s strong position against terrorism found special resonance because of the latest terror attack in Rajouri that led to the death of four soldiers.