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Taiwan thanks India and others for calls to de-escalate tensions in Taiwan Strait

PTI, August 14, 2022, 6:58 PM IST

Taiwan on Sunday expressed gratitude to India and several other countries for their calls to show restraint and avoid unilateral actions aimed at changing the status quo in the Taiwan Straits in the face of China’s belligerent military posture in following the visit of United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island.

As Beijing launches a diplomatic overdrive seeking to reiterate countries around the world’s support for its “One China” policy amid the current crisis, Taiwan has said it is entitled to maintain relations with other nations. .

Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan about 10 days ago drew a furious response from China, which launched its largest-ever military exercise around the self-governing island and blamed the United States for escalating tension in the region.

China regards Taiwan as its breakaway province.

In a statement, Taiwan’s representative office in New Delhi said the Taiwan government will continue to strengthen its self-defense capabilities while maintaining close communication and coordination with the United States, Japan and all other nations. like-minded people, including India, to jointly preserve the rules. established international order.

He said Taiwan expressed sincere gratitude to all countries that expressed justice and “serious concern” over China’s recent belligerent military posture across the Taiwan Strait.

The statement was issued by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center (TECC), which is the representative office of the Taiwanese government in India.

“The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the executive powers and parliamentarians of more than 50 countries – including India – who have called on all parties to exercise restraint, defuse tensions, to avoid unilateral actions aimed at changing the status quo and maintaining peace and stability in the region,” he said.

In its first reaction to the Taiwan issue, India on Friday opposed any unilateral action to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and called for efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region.

India, however, avoided any mention of the “One China” policy in its statement.

Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong on Saturday called on India to reiterate its support for the “one China” policy in the context of the Taiwan issue, and hoped that New Delhi would support the “justified position ” from China.

Beijing said about 160 countries reaffirmed their support for the “One China” policy following Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

“China’s deliberate intensification of various forms of military postures targeting Taiwan has recently seriously disrupted peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the region,” the TECC statement said.

“We sincerely call on the international community to jointly condemn China’s irrational military provocations and urge all countries to continue to speak out in support of democratic Taiwan with the aim of safeguarding the values ​​of freedom and democracy,” he said. -he declares.

The Taiwanese mission said that as a responsible stakeholder in the international community, Taiwan will calmly respond to China’s “unreasonable military threats”, firmly uphold Taiwan’s sovereignty and national security, and safeguard democracy and freedom without resorting to acts of escalation or provocation.

“In the face of evolving developments, the Taiwan government will continue to strengthen its self-defense capabilities while maintaining close communication and coordination with the United States, Japan and all other like-minded nations, including India, to jointly uphold the rules-based international order and safeguard security across the Taiwan Strait and consolidate peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific,” he said. declared.