Taiwan to improve ties with India: Chung Kwang Tien

Vastavam web: Taiwan will strengthen ties with India’s new government, including more official visits, a top official of the self-ruled island said on Wednesday, despite China’s continuing efforts to isolate what it considers to be a wayward province. Taiwan, an island 110 miles (177 km) off the Chinese mainland, is trying to reduce its reliance on Beijing, which maintains that it does not qualify for formal diplomatic ties with any country.

After India’s general election results on May 23, the two countries will strengthen trade and cultural ties, Chung Kwang Tien, the representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre in India, told Reuters on Wednesday. “Our relations are pretty good. One of our projects (is) to promote visits of high-ranking officials,” Tien said in an interview.

India and China had a tense military standoff in 2017 over a contested border region, while India’s large deficit with its northern neighbour has also strained relations. Tien said India ranked among the highest priorities in Taiwan’s new southbound policy that focuses on strengthening ties in the areas of culture, tourism, education and trade with 18 southeast and south Asian countries.

Taiwan has also sought India’s help in its bid to join the World Health Organisation, he said.