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Geopolitics won't hamper ties with India: Taiwan trade body chief

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
By Vilas Tokale

Taipei: Taiwan's policy to engage with India has nothing to do with geopolitical considerations and will not be affected by China's view, chief of Taiwan's main trade promotion body said here today as he pushed for more bilateral investment and cultural exchanges.

Taiwan is a sensitive issue for China, which claims the cash-rich island as its territory and a part of "one China".

James Huang, Chairman of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) said, "India is important to us in terms of trade and investment. We didn't pay enough attention to India in the past."

Asked if Taiwan's growing affinity towards India will irk China, he said, "I can't dictate what Beijing wants to say or how they (China) see things in this part of the world."

India has no formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan. The de facto Indian mission in Taipei is the India-Taipei Association and the Taiwanese maintain the Taipei Economic Cultural Centre in New Delhi.

Beijing opposes any official contact between Taiwan and other countries and has warned India in the past to strictly follow the "one-China" policy.

"The process to engage with India has nothing to do with geopolitics in the region," Huang said.

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