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
“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.
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.
“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”.
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.
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.▲