Taiwan National Day: Posters come up in front of Chinese embassy

10th October 2020

10th October 2020

Large posters were displayed outside the complex of the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi on October 10 after the guidelines issued by China to Indian media for covering the celebration of Taiwan's National Day.

Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, BJP leader from Delhi put posters and then shared the visuals on Saturday morning via his twitter account with the '#TaiwanNationalDay' hashtag. Bagga has been very active on the issue of Taiwan and China. He had represented BJP in Delhi Assembly elections from the seat of Hari Nagar earlier this year. 

This appears to be a major embarrassment for Beijing as the Indian media persons were instructed on Thursday by India's Chinese Embassy to 'stick to Indian government's stance on Taiwan' when they cover the celebration of 'National Day of Taiwan'.

The letter from Beijing had asked the Indian media to refrain from violating the 'One China policy' and in a way ordered India to not mention Taiwan as an independent nation or country. To which the Taiwanese embassy said 'Get lost.'

The letter said, “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory...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.”

It “appreciates the good faith and efforts by friends from the media”, and was “willing to maintain communication with media friends on China-related reports,” said the Chinese embassy.

"The whole world can see that Taiwan finds strength in unity," said Tsai Ing-wen, President of Taiwan on Twitter before National Day.

Jaushieh Joseph Wu, Foreign Minister of Taiwan thanked India for its support and efforts in the celebration of Taiwan's National Day on October 10.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan lashed out at the indirect threat of China to Indian media and said India is the largest democracy on Earth with a vibrant press and freedom-loving people.

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