Taipei: After India batted for de-escalation of the China-Taiwan issue, the country expressed gratitude to India and several other countries on 14 August for their calls for exercising restraint. Taiwan today said it would continue to enhance its self-defence capabilities while maintaining close coordination with all like-minded nations, including India, to jointly preserve the rules-based international order and safeguard security across the Taiwan Strait. The statement came in the wake of tensions in the Taiwan Strait following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the self-ruled island that set off large-scale military exercises from Beijing.
Taiwan said it was entitled to make friends and maintain relationships with countries around the world. It said China's deliberate intensification of various forms of military posturing targeted at Taiwan recently had severely disrupted peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
"The government of ROC (the "Republic of China", as Taiwan calls itself) wishes to convey sincere gratitude to the executive branches and parliamentarians of over 50 countries-including India-which have called on all sides to exercise restrain, de-escalate tensions, avoid unilateral actions to change status quo and maintain peace and stability in the region," the foreign ministry said in a statement.
"…the government of Taiwan will continue to enhance its self-defence capabilities while maintaining close communication and coordination with the US, Japan and all other like-minded nations including India to jointly preserve the rules-based international order and safeguard security across the Taiwan Strait and consolidate peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific," the statement added.
Why Taiwan thanked India
Two days ago, India had urged both sides to avoid unilateral actions to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait. New Delhi said efforts should be made to maintain peace and stability in the region. "Like many other countries, India too is concerned at recent developments. We urge the exercise of restraint, avoidance of unilateral actions to change the status quo, de-escalation of tension and efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said during a media briefing.
In its first reaction to the Taiwan issue, India on Friday opposed any unilateral action to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and called for efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region. India, however, avoided any mention of the "One China" policy in its statement. Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong yesterday called on India to reiterate its support for the 'One-China' policy in the backdrop of the Taiwan question, and hoped that New Delhi will support China's "justified position". But Beijing has claimed that around 160 countries have reaffirmed their support for the "One China" policy following Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.
Earlier this week, China released a white paper titled "The Taiwan Question and China's Reunification in the New Era", reiterating its claims over the self-ruled island.
Chinese state media said the white paper demonstrated the country's resolve to national reunification. The white paper said the Chinese community party (CCP) was committed to the historic mission of resolving the Taiwan question and realizing China's complete reunification.
Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said China was "wrecking the status quo" in the Taiwan Strait and slammed Chinese military drills.
Wu said additional foreign delegations were "more than welcome" in Taipei. He rebuffed China's furious reaction to Pelosi's visit. "Anyone who wants to come to Taiwan to show their support, they are more than welcome to visit us," Wu told VOA. He said Taiwan would not be prevented from conducting its own foreign policy.