China "censors" India Today, seriously, for airing Taiwanese foreign minister

16th October 2020

16th October 2020

A protest has been lodged by Delhi's Chinese embassy against the interview broadcast by India Today TV of Joseph Wu, the Republic of China (Taiwan) Foreign Minister. About the matter, the embassy said, this stands in violation of the “One-China principle.”

Joseph Wu was also referred to as the “so-called Taiwan foreign minister” by the spokesperson of the Chinese embassy.

The Press Counselor of New Delhi's Chinese Embassy, Ji Rong lodged a strong opposition in a letter against India Today TV to "Taiwan DPP authority separatist activities disregarding Indian government’s long-standing position".

In its statement, the embassy said, “it seriously violated One-China principle and sent completely wrong message to Indian people. The Chinese Embassy in India lodges strong representation and firm opposition against India Today providing platform for Taiwan DPP authority separatist activities disregarding Indian government’s long-standing position.”

It further said, “there is but 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. Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory.”

“All countries that have diplomatic relations with China should firmly honour their commitment to One-China policy, which is also Indian government’s official standing,” added the embassy.

In an interview with India Today TV, Joseph Wu said, “Pressing Indians or the Indian press not to report about Taiwan's National Day is against our value and we are very happy to see that the Indian press and the Indian friends disregarded the Chinese pressure and celebrated our National Day with us. The fact is that Taiwan is a democracy and shares the same value as Indians and we are very glad that the Indians are celebrating our national day with us.”

Used to controlling press in their country, China is perhaps not aware that in a democratic country like India, media has complete freedom to comment on one and everyone. It’s not China where media needs to clear sensitive issues with the Chinese Communist Party before publishing or broadcasting anything.

 

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