Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Regular Press Conference on February 15, 2017
Q: It is reported that three Taiwan “legislators” are visiting India, and that a proposal was made by them to upgrade Taiwan office in India. Media reports say that by receiving the Taiwan delegation, India is “taking revenge on China”. What is China’s comment? Has China lodged representations with the Indian side?
A: We have long been opposing all forms of official contact and interactions between Taiwan and countries that have diplomatic relations with China, as well as their mutual deployment of official institutions. This position is consistent and clear-cut.
The Indian side has made commitments on Taiwan-related issues. It is hoped that the Indian side will respect and understand China’s core concerns, uphold the one-China principle, properly handle Taiwan-related issues with prudence, and work with China to maintain the sound and steady growth of China-India relations. It is learnt that the Chinese side has lodged solemn representations with the Indian side.
Q: Further to what you said about China lodging representations, what exactly is it about? Is it about the Taiwan “legislators” visiting India, or about their proposal to upgrade Taiwan office in India? Why did China lodge the representations?
A: China’s representations are related to what you said. The reason behind China’s representations is obvious. We have been asking countries that have diplomatic relations with us to honor their commitment to the one-China principle. We also urged the Indian side in the representations to stick to the one-China principle and take concrete steps to maintain the sound and steady growth of China-India relations.
Follow-up: In what way has India violated the one-China principle?
A: As I said, we are firmly opposed to any forms of official contact and interactions between Taiwan and countries that have diplomatic relations with China. Those who are visiting India are so-called “legislators” from Taiwan. Their title says it all.
Follow-up: When were the representations lodged? In Beijing or in New Delhi?
A: Not all diplomatic activities are open to the public. All that I can tell you is that the Chinese side has lodged representations with the Indian side.