Taiwan comes out in support of Indian media, tells China to ‘Get Lost’
The Chinese embassy had told the Indian media to remember that Taiwan was a part of of its territory
Taiwan came in support of India on Wednesday when Foreign Minister Joseph Wu asked the Chinese mission to "get lost" after the latter asked Indian media to follow the 'one-China policy'.
Appreciating India’s freedom of the press and the power of democracy the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan said in a tweet, “India is the largest democracy on Earth with a vibrant press & freedom-loving people. But it looks like communist #China is hoping to march into the subcontinent by imposing censorship. #Taiwan'sFlag of Taiwan Indian friends will have one reply: GET LOST! JW.”
The tweet was undersigned with initials--JW or Joseph Wu, the foreign minister of Taiwan. It came as a befitting reply to the open letter issued by the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi to Indian media asking the latter to not violate its nation’s principles.
Calling Taiwan an “inalienable part of China's territory,” the Chinese embassy asked India to respect China’s One Nation policy.
“Regarding the so-called forthcoming “National Day of Taiwan”, the Chinese Embassy in India would like to remind our media friends that there is only one China in the world, and the Government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing the whole of China. Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory,” read the Chinese embassy letter.
The letter came ahead of the National Day of Taiwan. October 10, 2011, marks the start of the Wuchang uprising leading to the end of China's Qing Dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China. This day is marked in Taiwan, and this year will be celebrated amid tensions between China and Taiwan.
The Chinese Embassy also hoped Indian media will stick to what they called the Indian government's position, while Beijing itself continues to violate India’s territorial integrity and sovereignty be it at the India-China border at the Line of Actual Contrl (LAC) or by not recognizing Pakistan-Occupied territories of Jammu and Kashmir as an integral part of India.
“We hope Indian media can stick to the Indian government's position on the Taiwan question and do not violate the One-China principle. In particular, Taiwan shall not be referred to as a “country(nation)” or “Republic of China” or the leader of China’s Taiwan region as “President”, so as not to send the wrong signals to the general public,” said the Chinese embassy letter.
While China continues to claim Taiwan as its own territory, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen says the island is already an independent country called the Republic of China, its formal name, and that the People's Republic of China has never ruled Taiwan and has no right to.