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Ladakh Standoff: India dismisses Chinese threats, says Indian media free to cover Taiwan’s National Day

Oct. 9, 2020, 12:06 p.m.

New Delhi: The military confrontation between India and China in Ladakh has continued for more than five months with the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation at several points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Apart from India, China has rekindled long-running territorial disputes with all its neighbours. The tiny island nation of Taiwan has borne the brunt of unwarranted aggression by the Chinese government.

China is threatening Taiwan with regular military maneuvers following the ever-increasing proximity of the tiny island nation with the US. 

Taiwan separated from the Chinese mainland after the nationalist party established a separate nation on the island at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.

However, China has never given up the option of using military force to occupy Taiwan. 

China has increased its military activity around Taiwan in the last few months.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has also conducted military exercises in the South China Sea recently in an effort to put pressure on Taiwan.

Despite its much smaller size and resources, Taiwan has always stood up to unwarranted aggression by China.

Taiwan, which will celebrate its National Day on October 10, has received a lot of support from the Indian media and well as social media users from India.

In response, China has hit out at the Indian media, issuing a ‘guideline’ forbidding any coverage of Taiwan’s celebration of its National Day. The Chinese government has warned that this will tantamount to a violation of the “One-China” policy. 

The Chinese embassy in New Delhi had sent a letter sent to prominent Indian journalists, urging them to honour the “One-China” policy.

“All countries that have diplomatic relations with China should firmly honour their commitment to the One-China policy, which is also the long-standing official position of the Indian government,” the letter read.

“We hope Indian media can stick to Indian government’s position on Taiwan question and do not violate the One-China principle,” it added.

But India has dismissed the Chinese threats. 

The Indian government has taken a veiled shot at China over the guidelines issued to the Indian media by the Chinese government, asserting that saying there is a free media in the country.

“There is a free media in India that reports on issues as it sees fit,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava told the media.

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