Legislators’ visit to India prompts Chinese protest

LOOPHOLE:The group sought to kick-start efforts to enhance Taiwan’s loose diplomatic and economic ties to India, triggering a protest from Beijing

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 17, 2017
By: Reuters, BEIJING

China has lodged a diplomatic protest with India over a visit by a legislative delegation from Taiwan, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday.

Three Taiwanese lawmakers, led by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲), began their visit to New Delhi on Monday.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang (耿爽) told a regular press briefing in Beijing that China had lodged “solemn representations” with the Indian government over the issue.

“We have always been resolutely opposed to any country with diplomatic relations with China having any form of official exchanges — or establishment of any official institutions — with Taiwan. This position is consistent and clear-cut,” he said.

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