India on Thursday lashed out at China over the guidelines issued by its embassy in New Delhi to the Indian media for not violating the “one-China” policy ahead of Taiwan’s National Day. Country.
“India has an independent media that reports on issues as appropriate,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava told a media briefing.
The spokesman was responding to a comment on a letter sent to reporters by the Chinese embassy, which called for respect for the “one-China” policy.
According to the letter, the letter dated October 7 states, “All countries with diplomatic relations with China should resolutely honor their commitment to the one-China policy, which is the long-standing official status of the Government of India.” Is. ”
“We hope that the Indian media can adhere to the Indian government’s position on the Taiwan question and does not violate the one-China principle,” it said.
The letter was issued by the Taiwanese government in the wake of advertisements in some of India’s leading newspapers ahead of Taiwan’s National Day on October 10.
A Chinese embassy spokesman tweeted on Thursday that Taiwan was an integral part of China’s territory.
India does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
In 1995, New Delhi established the India-Taipei Association (ITA) in Taipei to promote mutual co-operation between the two sides and to facilitate business, tourism and cultural exchanges.
The India-Taipei Association is authorized to provide all counselor and passport services. In the same year, Taiwan also established the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center.