India too timid about Taiwan: Delhi parliamentary committee

India needs to consider all options about Taiwan: parliamentary report

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2016.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2016. (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The Indian government has been too cautious toward China’s sensibilities on Taiwan and Tibet, but Beijing has failed to reciprocate toward Indian concerns, a parliamentary committee in Delhi said Wednesday.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (王毅) is visiting India on December 21 to promote closer ties following a meeting between President Xi Jinping (習近平) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Wuhan last April, the Hindustan Times reported.

In a new report, the parliamentary committee on external affairs expressed concern about the Indian government’s Taiwan policy, since it even had agreed to refer to the island country as “Chinese Taipei” despite closer trade ties.

“Even when India is overtly cautious about China’s sensitivities while dealing with Taiwan and Tibet, China does not exhibit the same deference” about disputed issues, the Hindustan Times quoted the report.

India should not continue with its conventional deferential attitude toward Beijing, but should adopt a flexible approach, according to the report from the committee led by opposition Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.

The committee recommended that the government should weigh all options, including relations with Taiwan, the Hindustan Times reported.