The 109th Taiwan National Day in India was a noticeable one. There were posters and flags hung outside the Chinese embassy by a ruling party member. Taiwan’s president thanked her dear Indian friends for sending wishes on their annual celebration.
The awareness of the national day is heightened after the Chinese embassy issued a letter to the Indian media with instructions not to use certain terms. According to the embassy, these terms will violate the One China policy. However, India’s Ministry of External Affairs dismissed the instructions, by stating that the free Indian media would report as it sees fit.
India and China are currently locked in a military stand-off in eastern Ladakh since May this year. Both sides are still talking. But the negotiations are staled with China unwilling to return to its side of the Line of Actual Control.
Indian journalists posting about Taiwan on their social media accounts have received private messages from the Chinese embassy on Saturday, 10th October 2020. The message read that the Chinese embassy has noticed their tweet on Taiwan. They asked them to stick to the Indian government’s position on Taiwan’s question. And they also asked them to not violate the One-China principle when they report. The embassy further added that they are willing to maintain communication with the journalists and other Indian media organizations on China-related reports.
One of China’s state-run English language tabloid also published an article that said that the posters hung outside the embassy will only heighten the already soured China-India ties. The article in the tabloid also called on India’s ruling party to give up its irrational behavior and to realize that it is playing with fire.
Taiwan’s President Speech On Taiwan National Day
President Tsai Ing-wen in her national speech during the national day of Taiwan referred to the military stand-off among the steps taken by China in the region. She also talked about the Hong Kong version of the National Security Law which has garnered international concern. Tsai said that it is clear that democracy, prosperity, and peace in the Indo-Pacific region are currently facing serious challenges.
She also tweeted her thanks to “dear friends in India’. She tweeted that together, they can take pride in safeguarding their shared values like freedom & human rights, and also defending their democratic way of life. Check out the tweet from Tsai here.
Thank you to all of our dear friends in India 🇮🇳 for your well wishes on 🇹🇼 #TaiwanNationalDay. Together, we can take pride in safeguarding our shared values like freedom & human rights, & defending our democratic way of life. #namaste pic.twitter.com/ZZQT1286lR
— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) October 11, 2020
The other countries to which she had expressed appreciation through her Twitter handle were St Kitts and Nevis and Honduras. Both these countries are among the 15 nations that have complete diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry had also geared up for Indian support. He also tweeted thanking friends in India for getting ready to mark Taiwan national day. Check Out the tweet by the foreign ministry here.
Hats off to friends from around the world this year, #India🇮🇳 in particular, for celebrating #TaiwanNationalDay. With your support, #Taiwan🇹🇼 will definitely be more resilient in meeting challenges, especially those "Get Lost" types. JW pic.twitter.com/VNwcHAhOuQ
— 外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) 🇹🇼 (@MOFA_Taiwan) October 10, 2020
This tweet garnered thousands of retweets. Hashtags related to the national day of Taiwan were also trending on the Twittersphere of India.