China on Wednesday said it has lodged a diplomatic protest with India for hosting a Taiwanese parliamentary delegation and asked it to deal prudently with Taiwan-related issues to maintain sound Sino-India ties. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told the media that ‘China lodged representations with India’ over the Taiwan parliamentary delegation’s visit to New Delhi. Reacting to the statement, Ministry of External Affairs said that such groups visited India in past as well and that there is nothing new or unusual about such visits. MEA also added that a political meaning shouldn’t be read into them.
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Shuang today said that it is hoped that India would understand and respect China’s core concerns and stick to the ‘One-China’ principle and prudently deal with Taiwan-related issues and maintain sound and steady development of India-China relations. China which considers Taiwan as part of its territory opposes any diplomatic relations as well as political contacts with Taipei by countries which have diplomatic relations with it. Geng said that Indian side has made the commitment on the Taiwan-related issues.
The three-member member Taiwanese delegation visited India from February 12. Taiwan currently has Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre located in New Delhi. India’s office in Taiwan is called India-Taipei Association.
On being asked about when the protest was lodged with India, Geng declined to answer and said that not all the information about diplomatic activities are open to the public. “All I can tell is China has lodged diplomatic representation with India,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)