| 6 December 2023, Wednesday |

India sticks to ‘one-China’ policy stance but seeks restraint on Taiwan

India said on Friday that it opposed any unilateral change to the status quo on Taiwan, but that its stance on the ‘one-China’ policy remained unchanged, just days after Beijing expressed hope that New Delhi would continue to recognize its claim to self-governing Taiwan.

China has launched ballistic missiles and positioned many planes and warships over Taiwan in recent days, in response to US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island last week.

Last week, the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi stated that India was one of the first nations to recognize Beijing’s ‘one-China concept,’ which states that Taiwan is an integral part of China, and that it hoped India would not modify its position.

When asked about India’s view on the one-China policy, Arindam Bagchi, a spokeswoman for the Indian Foreign Ministry, said: “The relevant policies of India are well known and consistent. They do not need to be repeated.”

Since fighting on their Himalayan border in 2020 killed 20 Indian troops and four Chinese soldiers, relations between India and China have deteriorated. Despite military and diplomatic efforts to alleviate the situation, troop deployments on both sides remain high.

The Chinese ambassador stated last week that Beijing was “ready to carry forward the development of our ties on the basis of the one-China principle.”

  • Reuters