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Taiwanese, Indian scholars urge redefinition of 'one-China' principle

Taiwanese, Indian scholars urge redefinition of 'one-China' principle

A group of academics from India and Taiwan said at a seminar in New Delhi Tuesday that their two countries should redefine the one-China principle so as to build a new framework for bilateral cooperation.

The "one China" policy has limited cooperation between Taiwan and India, Jabin Jacob of India's Institute of Chinese Studies said at the seminar, which was held in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Taiwan's representative office in India.

He said now that the top leaders of Taiwan and China have been able to meet to hold bilateral talks, he does not see why Taiwan and India should not engage in official negotiations and discussions.

His views were supported by other scholars at the seminar, which was organized jointly by Taiwan's representative office in India and the Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis (IDSA) in New Delhi to discuss the development of Taiwan-India ties.

B.R. Deepak, a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University's Centre of Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies, said Taiwan and India should redefine "one China" and consider closer cooperation in areas of non-traditional security, such as cyber security.

Cheng Tuan-yao, a professor at Kang Ning University in Taiwan, agreed that Taiwan and India should seek to establish a new framework for bilateral cooperation, especially in the area of non-traditional security.

Prashant Kumar Singh of the IDSA, meanwhile, suggested the two countries discuss their vision for bilateral cooperation and sign an agreement in this regard.

The two countries share common values such as democracy and human rights and are already conducting exchanges in the areas of education and culture, according to the participants at the seminar, who also included business people from both sides. (By Charles Kang and Elaine Hou)

Updated : 2021-09-24 23:05 GMT+08:00