Journal : Global Times (Chinese) Date : Author : NA Page No. : 03
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India invites Taiwan MPs; media speculation says- to “retaliate against China”

本报驻印度特约记者 肖莫雨 本报记者 王盼盼

By Xiao Moyu, special correspondent of Global Times in India; and Wang Panpan, staff reporter of Global Times

“虽然美国总统特朗普承认一个中国政策,印度却采取和台湾加强联系的策略”,据《印度时报》13日报道,从13日起,台湾“立法院”3名女“立法委员”组成的代表团访问印度,邀请者是印度国会的“印度台湾国会友谊论坛”。不少媒体提到,印度与台湾此次“议会级”交流发生在印度和中国在诸多问题上产生分歧的背景下。印度《经济时报》13日称,印度邀请台湾“立法委员”来访,可能引起中国不满。《印度电讯报》称,莫迪政府想要借此表明,他们也有“可报复的刺”。

“While Trump endorses ‘One China policy’, India adopts strategy to keep Taiwan engaged.” According to the report of The Times of India on February 13th, a women’s parliamentary delegation from Taiwan will visit India to engage with their counterparts and tour the parliament complex on February 13, upon the invitation of the Taiwan-India Parliamentarians’ Friendship Forum. A number of media notice that high-level visits from India to Taiwan and vice-versa are not very frequent and therefore this trip by the MP-level delegation to India is significant. The report of The Times of India on February 13th says that India has adopted strategy to keep Taiwan engaged by inviting a parliamentary delegation, a move that is likely to raise eyebrows in Beijing. The report of The Telegraph (India) says that the Modi government is trying to demonstrate the “revenging sting” with the recent moves.

据报道,台方代表团由民进党籍“立委”管碧玲率领,13日会见印度执政党人民党国会议员米纳。《印度今日报》称,台方代表借机批评一个中国政策。台湾“中央社”14日引述管碧玲的话称,在台湾与印度或其他国家发展“外交关系”时,因为中国因素,确实会受到许多干扰。《经济时报》称,访问过程中,有台湾“立委”向印度提及“升级台驻印机构”问题。管碧玲还称,在台湾的“南向政策”中,印度不是“之一”,而是“最重要的一个”。

According to the report of the Indian media, the Taiwanese parliamentary delegation is led by Kuan Bi-ling, a “legislator” representing the Democratic Progressive Party in the parliament. On February 13th, the delegation met with Mina, an Indian congressman representing Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party of India. India Today believes that the Taiwanese delegation is trying to play down “One China Policy” during the visit. The report of Central News Agency (Taiwan) quotes from Kuan Bi-ling, who believes that the “China factor” might hinder Taiwan’s efforts in developing so-called “diplomatic relationship” with other countries, including India, to a great extent. The report of The Economic Times says that some Taiwanese “legislators” raised questions to their India counterparts about “upgrading the Taiwanese institutions in India” during this visit. Kuan Bi-ling also claims that India is not “one”, but “the most important one” in the “Southward Policy” of Taiwan.

《印度电讯报》发表题为“德里下注台湾”的文章认为,印度一贯坚持一个中国政策,承认台湾、西藏是中国的一部分。但近几个月,在说服北京放弃经过巴控克什米尔的中巴经济走廊失败后,印度开始在领土问题上发难,莫迪政府想要借此表明,他们也有“可报复的刺”。

“Delhi gambles on Taiwan,” such is the title of the report of The Telegraph (India). According to the report, India has been firmly sticking to “One China Policy” in dealing with the bilateral relationship with China. India recognizes Taiwan and Tibet as parts of China. In recent few months, however, India started to make fuss about the territorial disputes after failing in persuading China into calling off the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor plan, which happens to cross Pakistani Kashmir. By these moves, the Modi government is trying to demonstrate the “revenging sting”.

《印度时报》13日发表评论文章称,东亚地区的地缘政治局势处于一种不断变化的状态,将带给印度一个战略机遇。作者庆幸“印度的立法者们终于意识到了‘印度-台湾关系的价值”,双方可在贸易、教育、科技等领域更多合作。但文章同时认为,这是一个敏感的关系,需要灵活处理。

The editorial of The Times of India on February 13th says that the geopolitical situation in East Asia region is ever changing, which offers India a golden strategic opportunity. The author congratulates the Indian legislators on “finally realizing the value of ‘India-Taiwan relationship’”, as both sides can explore the scope of cooperation in the fields of trade, education, science and technology, etc. On the other hand, the author warns each side of handling their bilateral relationship with caution and flexibility, as it touches some extremely sensitive issues.

印度问题学者钱峰14日告诉《环球时报》记者,在坚持一个中国政策问题上,印度一直算是大国中做的比较好的国家。自1950年中印建交以来,印度在台湾问题上奉行一个中国政策,不与台湾发展官方联系。但在重视发展对华关系的同时,防范中国发展影响其战略利益历来也是印对华政策的重要考量。近年来,两国关系虽继续不断向前发展,但围绕印度加入核供应国集团、印巴反恐纠纷、中巴经济走廊建设等问题,印度国内对中国的不满情绪明显抬头,指责中国在上述问题上不支持印度、或“偏袒”巴基斯坦,损害了印度的国家利益。印台进行“议员交流”这一“小动作”无疑是这种情绪的流露和反映。不难看出,印方部分人试图以这种“打擦边球”的方式增加与中国“讨价还价”的筹码,这将给中印关系健康发展带来消极的影响。下一阶段,莫迪政府在这一问题上的态度十分关键,有待密切观察。▲

Qian Xuefeng, a Chinese scholar specializing in India issues, told the reporter of Global Times on February 14th that India, compared with other superpowers of the world, has been quite apt in dealing with issues concerned with “One China Policy”. Since the two nations established official diplomatic relationship in 1950, India has been sticking to “One China Policy” in dealing with issues of Taiwan, and has developed no official relationship with the authority of Taiwan. While strengthening its bilateral relationship with China, India cannot ignore the potential impact of China’s development on the strategic interest of India before India designs its comprehensive diplomatic plan with China. Although the bilateral relationship of China and India has achieved substantial progress in recent two years, there are indeed some different voices against China in India with reference to India’s efforts in joining NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group), the disputes of India and Pakistan in their anti-terrorist campaigns and China’s construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, etc. The domestic opinions in India frequently criticize China of inadequate support for India, or the partiality towards Pakistan, which only harms the national interest of India. The “communications between parliamentary members” between India and Taiwan can be interpreted as some “little tricks” that reflect the dissatisfaction and resentment of India. It is not hard to see that some people in India are trying to add the chips in “bargaining” with China with such “edge balls” (the dubious moves on the margin of “One China Policy”). These moves will obviously exert negative impact upon the healthy development of China-India relationship. The standpoint of Modi’s government can be something of vital importance at the next stage, which deserves our continued observations.▲

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