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In the first, India cited China’s ‘militarization’ of the Taiwan Strait

India has for the first time referred to the “militarization of the Taiwan Strait”, a rare instance of New Delhi appearing to comment on China’s move towards Taiwan.

The reference to Taiwan, in a statement issued late Saturday by the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka, marked a clearer expression of New Delhi’s view of the situation in the Taiwan Strait than its previous response to China’s Aug. 12 military drills. In view of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit.

Earlier this month, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) did not mention the “militarisation” of the system, saying only that India was “concerned by recent developments” and “requested”.[d] Exercise restraint, avoid unilateral steps to change the status quo, de-escalate tensions and strive to maintain peace and stability in the region.” When asked at a briefing on August 12 whether India would, as requested by Beijing, reiterate its commitment to the “One China Policy”, the MEA said “India’s relevant policies are well known and consistent” and “need no repetition”.

The latest mention of Taiwan comes amid a spat with China over the visit of a Chinese military tracking vessel, the Yuan Wang 5, to Sri Lanka’s Hambantota this month. Reacting strongly to comments made by the Chinese ambassador in Sri Lanka citing “aggression” Sri Lanka faced from its “northern neighbour”, the Indian High Commission termed his comments as a “violation of basic diplomatic etiquette”, saying they “could be personal. Characteristics or a reflection of larger national attitudes.”

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The High Commission said the statement was “in response to questions about the Chinese ambassador’s article in Sri Lanka, which linked the militarization of the Taiwan Strait and the visit of the Chinese Yuan Wang 5 ship to Hambantota.”

Earlier this month, foreign ministers from the G7 — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States — expressed concern over China’s military activity in the Straits, citing China’s “threatening actions” and saying there is “no justification” for Taiwan. Using a visit as a pretext for aggressive military action in the Straits”.

In a recent article, China’s ambassador to Sri Lanka rejected the allegations, saying “China has every reason to respond unhesitatingly to the serious implications caused by Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan”. He drew a link between the situation in Taiwan and the visit of Yuan Wang 5, which India opposed. “These two issues may seem unrelated and thousands of miles apart, but both share the same great significance between China and Sri Lanka, which is to jointly protect each other’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity,” he said. Sri Lanka was among the countries that supported China by reiterating the “one China policy” amid tensions over Taiwan.

India has followed a “one China policy” since recognizing the PRC in 1949 and maintains trade and cultural ties only with Taiwan. India regularly reiterated this policy until 2008, after which it stopped mentioning it in official statements, a claim that China usually asks of most countries in official announcements. Officials at the time said there was no need for India to publicly reiterate the policy it was following, especially after the Chinese statement claiming Arunachal Pradesh and the move to grant “stapled visas” to Indian nationals from Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh.

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