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Saturday, January 16, 2021

India Considers Taiwan Trade Talks

India’s government has considered creating a formal trade deal with Taiwan as both countries see that their connections with China are starting to deteriorate.

India’s government has considered creating a formal trade deal with Taiwan as both countries see that their connections with China are starting to deteriorate.

According to a senior Indian government official, Taiwan has pursued trade talks with India for several years. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been hesitant to do so due to their current relationship with China.

Modi’s government has approved companies including Foxconn Technology Group, Wistron Corp. and Pegatron Corp. from Taiwan to attract investment worth more than $143 billion for smartphone production.

The Communist Party from China claims Taiwan as its territory despite never ruling it. 

These claims have delayed the Tsai administration’s overtures to India.

“We urge relevant Indian media to adhere to the correct position with regard to the significant core interests of China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Ji Rong, a spokesperson for China’s embassy in New Delhi, on Friday. Ji added, “should not provide ‘Taiwan independence’ forces a platform, so as to avoid sending the wrong message.”

According to Sana Hashmi, a fellow at Taipei-based National Chengchi University and author of “China’s Approach Towards Territorial Disputes: Lessons and Prospects,” said that it is understandable for India to collaborate with Taiwan economically.

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