As Taiwan celebrates its National Day on 10 October, China directed Indian media to modify their reporting of the day, continuing its attempts to interfere in media of other nations.
Crux of the Matter
Taiwan National Day
Taiwan celebrates its National Day on 10 October every year to mark the Wuchang Uprising of 1911, which ended the Qing dynasty in China and established the ‘Republic of China’. However, a controversy has occurred over Chinese interference in coverage of the event in India.
Indian Media Reporting Taiwan
Several Indian newspapers featured an ad by the Taiwanese government ahead of Taiwan National Day, which featured President Tsai Ing-wen with a slogan “Taiwan and India are natural partners”.
Chinese embassy in India issued a letter to Indian media as it considers Taiwan its territory. In the letter, China asked Indian media to “not violate the One-China principle”. It also asked Indian media to not refer to Taiwan “as a ‘country(nation)’ or ‘Republic of China’ or the leader of China’s Taiwan region as ‘President’”.
Taiwan Hits Back
In response to the Chinese letter, Taiwanese foreign ministry tweeted that “Taiwan’s Indian friends will have one reply: GET LOST!” (to China).
Ironically, China interfered in the Indian territory a week back when the Chinese foreign ministry claimed that “China has not recognised Ladakh union territory illegally set up by the Indian side”.
To read about the history of the formation of Taiwan and its relationship with China and world nations, check this story: History Of Taiwan
- The Blue Sky with a White Sun serves as the national emblem of the Republic of China. In the “Blue Sky with a White Sun” symbol, the twelve rays of the white Sun represent the twelve months and the twelve traditional Chinese hours.
- Deng Xiaoping was a Chinese politician who was the paramount leader of the People’s Republic of China from 1978 until 1989. The system of “one country, two systems” was formulated by Deng himself.
- The Taiwan consensus is a Taiwanese political term, which was coined in 2011 by Tsai Ing-wen, and is intended to replace the “1992 consensus”. The “1992 consensus” is based on the “One-China policy”, which is a policy asserting that there is only one sovereign state under the name China.
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