The Chinese Embassy in India has sent an unprecedented letter to the Indian media. The letter reminded the media not to deviate from Delhi’s “one China” policy.
Just three days before Taiwan’s national day, the Chinese Embassy in Delhi took the initiative to send letters to the Indian media. It added that Taiwan should never be mentioned as a separate country. The leader of Taiwan should not even be called president.
Military tensions have been increasing along the India-China border for the past few months. In June, at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed by Chinese forces in Ladakh. This is the first time such a letter has been sent by China to the Indian media.
A letter sent from the press section of the Chinese embassy in Delhi reminded Indian media that Taiwan was “an integral part of China’s sovereign territory.”
Every year on October 10, Taiwan celebrates its National Day. It was on this day in 1911 that the Yuchang armed coup began, overthrowing the Qing Dynasty and giving rise to the “Republic of China”.
Just three days before Taiwan’s National Day celebrations, the heads of various Indian newspapers and television channels or journalists received letters from the Chinese embassy on Wednesday.
Three months ago, the Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weedong also warned the Indian media not to ask India to reconsider its “one China” policy.
Indian media began writing after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with the Chinese army in the Galvan Valley of Ladakh and Delhi should enhance diplomatic relations with Taiwan to pressure China. Adhering to the “One China” policy is a strict condition of Beijing’s diplomacy – China does not believe in maintaining relations with countries that recognize Taiwan.
In this context, Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong commented in a webinar in July, “trying to influence public opinion to change India’s position on the border dispute in Taiwan, Hong Kong or the South China Sea – which worried me Does. “
The Chinese embassy last week sharply criticized an Indian newspaper for publishing an interview with a Taiwanese envoy (not called ambassador).
Taiwan does not currently have full diplomatic relations with India. However, both sides have commercial offices in Delhi and Taipei. It acts as a virtual embassy to each other.
Meanwhile, India’s major media houses or newspaper groups have not officially responded to the Chinese Embassy’s letter.
According to the BBC, this time on Taiwan’s National Day (10 October), it was planned to place advertisements on various Delhi newspaper pages or take a dose of the advertisement. There is no doubt that advertising is very necessary for the newspaper industry which is in financial crisis due to Kovid epidemic.
On the other hand, ignoring China’s warning could lead to loss of advertisements by Chinese companies, including mobile phones in India, which media houses have to take into account. Source: BBC