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Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu has ordered Beijing to “get lost” after India was ordered to adhere to the “one-China policy” ahead of the National Day of Taiwan celebrations on October 10. In a letter, the Chinese embassy in Delhi called on Indian media outlets to recognise Taiwan as part of China’s territory and not its own nation.
In response, the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry said: “India is the largest democracy on earth with a vibrant press and freedom-loving people.
“But it looks like communist China hoping to march into the subcontinent by imposing censorship.
“Taiwan’s Indian friends will have one reply: GET LOST! JW”.
The stern response was shared on Twitter and signed with the initials JW – Joseph Wu, the foreign minister of Taiwan.
The intervention by Chinese officials was made on October 7 – three days ahead of the celebration.
Most commonly known as “Double ten” the holiday commemorates the start of the 1911 Wuchang Uprising in China.
The revolution overthrew China’s last imperial dynasty and established the Taiwan.
Beijing has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.
In a stark warning to India, the Chinese embassy said: “Regarding the so-called forthcoming ‘National Day of Taiwan’, the Chinese Embassy in India would like to remind our media friends that there is only one China in the world, and the Government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing the whole of China.”
The statement added: “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory.
“These facts are recognised by UN resolution and constitute the universal consensus of the international community.
“All countries that have diplomatic relations with China should firmly honour their commitment to the One-China policy, which is also the long-standing official position of the Indian government.
“We hope Indian media can stick to Indian government’s position on Taiwan question and do not violate the One-China principle.”
Relations between China and India are already on the brink following months on skirmishes on the disputed border.
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Military troops from both sides continue to be deployed close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) – the de facto border in eastern Ladakh.
On June 15, Indian and Chinese troops brawled without firearms for several hours at the Himalayan border.
In the horrific clashes, hundreds of soldiers were involved and clubbed each other to death using stones, sticks with nail rods.
The conflict left at least 20 Indian soldiers for dead and killed another 40 other Chinese personnel.
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