China protests to India over Taiwanese delegation’s visit

BEIJING/NEW DELHI: China has lodged a protest with India for hosting a Taiwanese parliamentary delegation and asked it to deal “prudently” with Taiwan-related matters but New Delhi today dismissed the issue saying no “political meanings” should be read into such trips.

Briefing the reporters in Beijing today, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “China lodged representations with India” over the Taiwan parliamentary delegation’s visit to New Delhi.

“We hope 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,” Geng said.

The remarks evoked a prompt reaction from New Delhi, where External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “We understand that a group of Taiwanese academics and business persons, including a couple of legislators, is visiting India. Such informal groups have visited India in the past as well for business, religious and tourist purposes. (AGENCIES)